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I'm studying משניות מסכת יומא and have come across this passage (in chapter 3 mishna 7, found in the Bavli on page 34:2):

בשחר היה לובש פלוסין של שנים עשר מנה ובין הערבים הנדוין של שמונה מאות זוז דברי רבי מאיר וחכמים אומרים בשחר היה לובש של שמונה עשר מנה ובין הערבים של שנים עשר מנה הכל שלשים מנה אלו משל צבור ואם רצה להוסיף מוסיף משלו

In the morning [of Yom Kipur, the kohen gadol] would wear Egyptian [clothes] of twelve mane [=1200 zuz], and in the afternoon Indian of 800 zuz: the words of Rabbi Meir. The sages said: in the morning, he would wear [clothes] of eighteen mane and in the afternoon of twelve mane, a total of thirty mane. These are from the assets of the community; if he wanted to add, he could add from his own.

Mane and zuz were units of currency and of weight. Does this passage refer to the clothes' value (or cost) or to their weight?

(I don't see that any of the commentaries in a standard version of משניות state clearly one way or the other.)

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18 maneh is almost 20 pounds. That's pretty heavy for just cloth. – Double AA Oct 13 '13 at 3:56
@DoubleAA They were four garments including an exceedingly long belt. It is pretty heavy, I agree, but far from inconceivably so. – msh210 Oct 13 '13 at 4:00
While looking for a possible answer, I found templeinstitute.org/beged/priestly_garments.htm which has all sorts of information on the priestly garments EXCEPT cloth weight/value requirements. Nice read, though... – Gary Oct 13 '13 at 20:08

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