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1)

What was the height of the Mizbe'ach?

1.

Rashi #1 (citing R. Yehudah, Zevachim 60a): It was three Amos tall, as the Torah records.

2.

Rashi #2 (citing R. Yossi, Zevachim 60a.): It was ten Amos tall (twice its length). 1


1

Based on a Gezeirah-Shavah, "Ravu'a" "Ravu'a" from the Mizbe'ach ha'Ketores. And the Torah gives the height as three Amos, because that was the height of the Mizbe'ach (excluding the K'ranos) above the Sovev - a walkway for Kohanim around the Mizbe'ach (Rashi).

2)

Having given the measurements as five Amos by five Amos, why does the Torah see fit to add the word "Ravu'a"?

1.

Refer to 27:1:1:2*.

2.

Oznayim la'Torah: Square is not dependent only on the four sides being equal, but also on the four corners, which must all be at an angle of ninety degrees.

3)

What if the Mizbe'ach was not exactly square?

1.

Zevachim, 62a: Wherever the Torah inserts the word "ha'Mizbe'ach", it is crucial to the Mitzvah, 1 and without it, the Mizbe'ach is Pasul. 2


1

Though the measurements are not, which explains why, in the second Beis-Hamikdash, the Mizbe'ach measured thirty-two by thirty-two Amos.

2

The same D'rashah pertains in Tetzaveh, 29:13 to the K'ranos and to the Y'sod there in Pasuk 12, and in Tzav, Vayikra 6:7, to the Kevesh.

QUESTIONS ON RASHI

4)

Rashi writes that one opinion holds that the Mizbe'ach was 10 Amos tall. How could the Kohanim put blood on the corners, and wood, limbs and Chelev on the fire on top?

1.

Da'as Zekenim: Even though the Torah does not mention a ramp, we must say that it had one, for one may not ascend the Mizbe'ach through steps.

2.

Shabbos (92a): This opinion must hold that the Levi'im were all ten Amos tall [to explain how they carried it normally, i.e. two thirds below the shoulder. 1 Also the Kohanim are Leviyim!] (PF)


1

Rashi (92a): Even if the Leviyim were only about seven Amos tall, they could carry it properly. (If the Kohanim were eight or nine Amos tall, they could reach the top of the Mizbe'ach, and also enter the Mishkan while wearing turbans, without need to bend or bow. Refer to 25:151:1. - PF)

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