• the tabernacle or temporary sanctuary in which the Divine Presence dwelled during the Jews' journeys through the desert

  • the portion of the tabernacle and the Temple building before the Holy of Holies which contained the inner altar, the table for the showbread, and the menorah

Example Sentences

  • The Jews constructed the Mishkan.

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • משכן

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      mishcan, mishkon


  • Stress on second syllable is Israeli or Sephardi pronunciation; primary stress is Ashkenazi or Yiddish.

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