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I spoke about this with my friend and he said something that I feel cogently brings together all of Nahmanides' citations, which I will list:

  • The incense stops the plague (Shabbos 89a)
  • The incense is with the attribute of judgement,They shall place incense in your nostrils (Deut. 33:10), and And my nostrils shall flare (31:17).
  • By the foreign incense Before the entire nation I shall be honored (Lev. 10:3). That they should know my glory for he shall not bear your sins, and be careful with my glory.
  • Excessive detail in the verse about being opposite the lid of the Ark, the Shechina's resting place.

On the one hand, we see the incense stopping the plague as an agent of mercy, on the other hand we see it as a part of the attribute of judgement. This seems a contradiction in and of itself.

My friend said that the incense is representative of the glorification of Gd through His Judgement, so we must be very careful with it, as it is fastidiously policed and serves as a substitute for more severe, overt judgement. It is for this reason that it stops the plague. By burning the incense, we cause a revelation of Gd's glory in judgement, which consequently removes the need for the plague.

So the golden incense altar is mentioned in connection with Gd's dwelling in Glory in the Tabernacle at the end of its construction to draw this parallel. It shows that the incense is 'opposite the place of His dwelling', and intimately intertwined with what that dwelling means regarding His Glorious Judgement, as He now resides in the Tabernacle amongst us.

I spoke about this with my friend and he said something that I feel cogently brings together all of Nahmanides' citations, which I will list:

  • The incense stops the plague (Shabbos 89a)
  • The incense is with the attribute of judgement,They shall place incense in your nostrils (Deut. 33:10), and And my nostrils shall flare (31:17).
  • By the foreign incense Before the entire nation I shall be honored (Lev. 10:3). That they should know my glory for he shall not bear your sins, and be careful with my glory.
  • Excessive detail in the verse about being opposite the lid of the Ark, the Shechina's resting place.

On the one hand, we see the incense stopping the plague as an agent of mercy, on the other hand we see it as a part of the attribute of judgement. This seems a contradiction in and of itself.

My friend said that the incense is representative of the glorification of Gd through His Judgement, so we must be very careful with it, as it is fastidiously policed and serves as a substitute for more severe, overt judgement. It is for this reason that it stops the plague. By burning the incense, we cause a revelation of Gd's glory in judgement, which consequently removes the need for the plague.

I spoke about this with my friend and he said something that I feel cogently brings together all of Nahmanides' citations, which I will list:

  • The incense stops the plague (Shabbos 89a)
  • The incense is with the attribute of judgement,They shall place incense in your nostrils (Deut. 33:10), and And my nostrils shall flare (31:17).
  • By the foreign incense Before the entire nation I shall be honored (Lev. 10:3). That they should know my glory for he shall not bear your sins, and be careful with my glory.
  • Excessive detail in the verse about being opposite the lid of the Ark, the Shechina's resting place.

On the one hand, we see the incense stopping the plague as an agent of mercy, on the other hand we see it as a part of the attribute of judgement. This seems a contradiction in and of itself.

My friend said that the incense is representative of the glorification of Gd through His Judgement, so we must be very careful with it, as it is fastidiously policed and serves as a substitute for more severe, overt judgement. It is for this reason that it stops the plague. By burning the incense, we cause a revelation of Gd's glory in judgement, which consequently removes the need for the plague.

So the golden incense altar is mentioned in connection with Gd's dwelling in Glory in the Tabernacle at the end of its construction to draw this parallel. It shows that the incense is 'opposite the place of His dwelling', and intimately intertwined with what that dwelling means regarding His Glorious Judgement, as He now resides in the Tabernacle amongst us.

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I spoke about this with my friend and he said something that I feel cogently brings together all of Nahmanides' citations, which I will list:

  • The incense stops the plague (Shabbos 89a)
  • The incense is with the attribute of judgement,They shall place incense in your nostrils (Deut. 33:10), and And my nostrils shall flare (31:17).
  • By the foreign incense Before the entire nation I shall be honored (Lev. 10:3). That they should know my glory for he shall not bear your sins, and be careful with my glory.
  • Excessive detail in the verse about being opposite the lid of the Ark, the Shechina's resting place.

On the one hand, we see the incense stopping the plague as an agent of mercy, on the other hand we see it as a part of the attribute of judgement. This seems a contradiction in and of itself.

My friend said that the incense is representative of the glorification of Gd through His Judgement, so we must be very careful with it, as it is fastidiously policed and serves as a substitute for more severe, overt judgement. It is for this reason that it stops the plague. By burning the incense, we cause a revelation of Gd's glory in judgement, which consequently removes the need for the plague.

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