How Can I Take A Step Towards God?

The Meaning Of The Tabernacle's Incense Altar

Immanuel Shalev
Immanuel Shalev


How can we attain an intimate relationship with God? We sometimes feel lost, not knowing which steps to take. But God gave us a clue – through the building of the Tabernacle.

In Vayakhel (Exodus 35:1-38:20), we hear about the Mishkan’s construction - again! God just told Israel how to build the Mishkan, and now we’re given the exact details once more, as Israel actually builds it. But if you actually take a closer look at the text, you may find some subtle yet significant differences. Why would the Israelites build the Mishkan differently than the way God commanded them to? What can these differences teach us?

In this video, Imu follows the clues, which appear to revolve around the Tabernacle’s altar of incense. What is the incense altar meant to represent? By answering this question, we can discover a hidden guide on how to take a step towards knowing God.