Both the Aron HaKodesh and the Mizbe'ach had rings and staves which were inserted into the rings, for carrying purposes. Why didn't the Menorah also have these rings and staves?

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    – mbloch
    Feb 14, 2018 at 5:31
  • IIRC the Aron could not be touched so it had to be carried this way. Why DID the mizbe'ach have rings?
    – rosends
    Feb 14, 2018 at 11:08
  • "Both the Aron HaKodesh and the Mizbe'ach": actually, if I recall correctly, both mizb'chos did, as well as the shulchan.
    – msh210
    Feb 14, 2018 at 12:30
  • Yes, the shulchan did too. It's odd that the menorah doesn't have some indirect way of carrying it, like the others. I wonder if somebody carried it directly or if they made a box for it (not described) or what. Feb 14, 2018 at 16:47
  • This question inspired me to ask about the size of the menorah. Feb 14, 2018 at 17:07

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My guess is that was was a technical issue; gravity.

The Menorah was 18 Tefachim high, if which the lower half was mainly a narrow stem.

Since the poles had to be low enough that when put on somebody's shoulder the bottom of the Menora would be above the ground, they would have had to be attached to the stem.

Trying to carry a top-heavy Menorah with 1 or 2 poles attached to the lower half of the Menora would mean it would have constantly been at risk of falling over (if you had the strength to lift it right way up in the first place).

  • Also the Menorah had lots of good hand holds, unlike the cubical Mizbeach and aron
    – Double AA
    Feb 14, 2018 at 12:31
  • the arch of titus picture has the הַמֹּֽוט the carring stick on the bottom
    – user16730
    Feb 14, 2018 at 13:32
  • @user16730 - I think you're confusing the chains around their necks for the rods - see padfield.com/italy/Rome_1/images/arch-of-titus-5.JPG for a hi-res picture Feb 14, 2018 at 13:36
  • @user16730 Keep in mind that not everyone sees the depiction on the Arch of Titus as accurate. There's no reason to believe it's more accurate than Jewish sources.
    – ezra
    Feb 14, 2018 at 16:45
  • @era yes there is. It was made by people who saw it.
    – Double AA
    Feb 15, 2018 at 1:35

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