Alternative Spellings

mishcan, mishkon


  • 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



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)


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

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