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1)

What is the exact meaning of Mizbe'ach Miktar Ketores"?

1.

Rashi: It means a Mizbe'ach for the smoke of incense ascends. 1

2.

Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: It means a Mizbe'ach to bring on it incense.

3.

Rashbam: It also implies that it is to burn Ketores exclusively, and not Shelamim, Olos and Nesachim. 2


1

Since "Miktar means a pillar of smoke. See alsoSifsei Chachamim.

2

See Pasuk 9.

2)

Why did the Torah not list the Mizbe'ach ha'Ketores in Terumah (together with the Shulchan and the Menorah, as it does in Shemos 37:25)?

1.

Ramban and Seforno: Having concluded "ve'Nikdash bi'Chevodi. ve'Shachanti ... ", 1 the Torah now adds that there is an additional K'li that is required, on which one sacrifices the Ketores purely in order to honor Hashem, 2 as opposed to the other Keilim listed in Terumah, which were instrumental in bringing the Shechinah down to the world. 3


1

Shemos 29:43 & 45.

2

Which explains the secret that was handed to Moshe - that the Ketores stops plagues in their tracks (See Rashi, Bamidbar 17:11) - Ramban (See Rav Chavel's footnotes). See also Ramban, who elaborates.

3

See Shemos 25:8 & 9 (See Seforno).

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