|Moving the completed section of paroches|
out of the chamber.
Many large items were being moved into and out of this chamber, and thus it needed a large set of doors. I show two entrances, one for people and one for materials, so that the large doors could be kept closed until needed. Since this chamber was used just once a year any goings on there were something of a novelty, so keeping the main doors closed would lessen the chance that the Kohanim in the Courtyard would be distracted by the activities (or people) inside. For this same reason, I located the numerous windows (weaving is fine work and requires ample illumination) well above eye level.
|Exterior of the Chamber of the Paroches|
I tried to solve this problem in an early version of the Chamber of the Paroches, when I was still considering the idea of having the entire curtain assembled in one room. In the scheme I show below, after one of the 4-amah sections of curtain was woven and wrapped onto the lower beam, it would be moved over to the wall (on tracks in the floor) and then raised, via pulleys, up to one of the wall brackets. Once all five sections were in place along the wall, they would be unrolled, slowly and in unison, and stitched together. [The loom would be removed from the room during this step.] Looking back at this design now, I realize one other problem: it has numerous pieces of wood attached to the walls. As this chamber was built within the Courtyard, having protruding wooden elements was forbidden.
|Early design of the Chamber of the Paroches|
in which there was room for the entire curtain to be assembled.
|The Chamber of the Paroches (center), flanked by the|
Chamber of Shekalim (left) and Chamber of the Spark (right).