How were the pomegranates and the bells arranged on the hem of the Me'il?


Rashi, Rashbam and Targum Onkelos: The two, which were not connected, hung from the hem. Between each two pomegranates there hung a bell. 1


Ramban and Targum Yonasan: The bells hung inside the pomegranates 2


In that case, why does the Torah write that the bells hung between the pomegranates, when it may just as well have written that the pomegranates hung between the bells? See also Ramban, who asks that, according to Rashi, the pomegranates did not serve any purpose.


In which case "be'Soch" means (not between, but) inside. See also Ramban, citing Zevachim, 88b (and Targum Yonasan), who, , explains that there were seventy-two bells and pomegranates, thirty-six on either side of the two front flaps (Refer to 28:4:3:2). Refer also to 39:24:1:1. See Ba'al ha'Turim: The seventy-two bells and pomegranates corresponded to the seventy-two appearances of Nega'im that came as a result of Lashon ha'Ra, for which the Me'il atoned.


How did the bells ring?


Rashi: Each bell had a striker attached to it.


Rashbam: Despite the fact that the pomegranates were placed between the bells, the golden bells banged against each other 1 when the Kohen Gadol walked.


It seems that the bells were longer than the pomegranates.



Rashi writes that each bell had a clapper attached to it. This implies that Pa'amon is the outside. The Targum of "va'Tipa'em Rucho" is Zagin, and the Targum of "me'Chartzanim v'Ad Zag" is mi'Portzanin v'Ad Atzurin. I.e. Zag is what is Otzer (holds in) the juice and pits, like it connotes in Nazir (34b)!


Perhaps Rashi explains like R. Yehudah, who says in Nazir that Zag is the pit. (PF)

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