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The size of the Ezras Israel (where male Israelites are allowed) is 11 Ammos (cubits) long while the Ezras Nashim is so big (135x135 cubits).

Yet, it was the men who had to be Oleh Regel (when the "big crunch" was expected). Even if one says that there was a miracle, it's not so clear that we rely Lechatchila on such miracles.

Why (when they sanctified the Temple Mount) couldn't they have made the Ezras Yisrael larger (at the expense of the Ezras Nashim)?


Beis Hamikdash floorplan:

  • moreover, there were times they overflowed...I mean there were times there were 600,000 people there at a time, and another there were 1.2 million Pesach offerings (so at least 400,000 people at a time). That would leave everyone there about a square inch!! – Shmuel Brin Nov 21 '13 at 5:19
  • tahts why the mishna in aboth says that when they performed heeshta7awoyoh in the beith hameeqdhosh, it was a nes since everyone fit without squeezing – MoriDowidhYa3aqov Nov 21 '13 at 6:08
  • @MoriDoweedhYa3gob heeshta7awoyoh was a nes. It doesn't say that standing was (they stood all around the Azara). – Shmuel Brin Nov 21 '13 at 7:03
  • was just pointing it out that indeed the beith ha meeqdhosh was small – MoriDowidhYa3aqov Nov 21 '13 at 7:10
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    The ezras nashim was not just for women, and it was mainly used by men. See here and here. – Fred Nov 21 '13 at 18:14

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