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With regards to the short Amah, Rashi in Sukkah 5b (s"v Hanicha) says that there are three types of amos: 5 tefachim (20 etzba'os), 6 tefachim (24 etzba'os) and 6 tefachim + 1/2 etzbah (24 1/2 etzba'os). So when he says, "these four are really three" maybe he means that using the small amah of 5 x 4 = 20 tefachim. Using the regular medium amah 6 x 3 = 18 ...


“The world rests upon three things, Torah, avodah (the Temple service), and gemilut hasadim (deeds of kindness).” Pirkei Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) 1:2 This would seem to imply that they are all of joint primary importance in Judaism. Prayer today comes in place of the Temple service ונשלמה פרים שפתינו "And our lips (prayer) will take the place of bulls (...


center has always been the torah. mishna in Horayot says a mamzer talmid chacham is better than a kohen gadol am haaretz.

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