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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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  • 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 '18 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 '18 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. – Monica Cellio Feb 14 '18 at 16:47
  • This question inspired me to ask about the size of the menorah. – Monica Cellio Feb 14 '18 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 '18 at 12:31
  • the arch of titus picture has the הַמֹּֽוט the carring stick on the bottom – user16730 Feb 14 '18 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 – Danny Schoemann Feb 14 '18 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 '18 at 16:45
  • @era yes there is. It was made by people who saw it. – Double AA Feb 15 '18 at 1:35

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