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The cloud of glory settled onto the tent of meeting and the glory of the Most High filled the Sanctuary. Moses tried to enter, but he found he could not bear the weight of the glory. God had come to dwell with His people; the Tabernacle was a success.
The Torah life is not just a life of religious rituals and scripture study. The study of Torah is excellent when it is combined with a worldly occupation because the effort required by both keeps sin out of a person's mind.
The descent of Moses at the end of the previous Torah portion alludes to the second coming of the Messiah. Just as Moses assembled Israel at the time of his appearing, when Messiah comes again, He will gather together the assembly of Israel from the four corners of the world.
Where is the ark of the covenant? One tradition has it that the ark was hidden in a secret cellar below the chamber of the woodshed where wood for the altar fires were kept. There it remained hidden through the Babylonian destruction, but its location was forgotten. Talmudic lore contains several traditions about the ark.