How could Moshe Rabbeinu put the avnet on Ahron and his sons by himself (see yoma :ה, or the passuk); the yerushalmi in yoma, when describing how to put on the (32-amah) avnet, says that the cohen in question would stand still while 2 other people walked in circles around him, wrapping it in both directions at the same time - it's a 2 person job, and both parts have to be done simultaneously for it to be wrapped right?

  • This question is like asking "How could Babe Ruth put the avnet on Aharon by himself?" unless you edit in proof that Moshe did so.
    – msh210
    Feb 23, 2018 at 7:32
  • Where, in Yoma 5b or the verses it references, does it say that Moshe put the Avnet on each of them by himself? I see it saying that he put it on, but not that he did so without help or assistance.
    – Tamir Evan
    Feb 23, 2018 at 13:56
  • Vayilvash osam Moshe sure sound like it was Moshe. You could be right, but I'd assume until I knew otherwise that it was just him Feb 23, 2018 at 14:25
  • ... even though that assumption creates the difficulty your question is based on?
    – Tamir Evan
    Feb 23, 2018 at 14:29
  • It's still a big chidush to say otherwise. I would if I had to, but I'd rather see if anyone knows of an answer first Feb 23, 2018 at 14:54

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The Gemorah says that Moshe Rabeinu was 10 amos tall (Berachos 54b) and he could therefor build the mishkan so I assume that he could do other things other people couldn't do.

  • Nice. Still, he can't be in 2 places at the same time Feb 23, 2018 at 14:23
  • @Uber_Chacham I'd imagine his arms could wrap around Aharon a few times if this midrash is to be taken literally.
    – ezra
    Feb 23, 2018 at 15:18
  • There is still a tzad in the gemara in Shabbos :צב that all of the leviim, including Ahron, were 10 amos tall, and if so they were the same as each other and this wouldn't help at all. Feb 24, 2018 at 17:59
  • I hear what you're saying, however 1) that's not the conclusion of the Gemora. 2) Rashi in Berachos 54b learns the drosha specifacally about Moshe, not the Leviim. also the way that the Gemora derived how much his height was can't apply to the leviim (also see Bechoros 44) (even though the Maharsh"a says that he doesn't understand the limud) . However I agree that the havei amina in Shabbos has to be solved... nice.
    – Art
    Feb 25, 2018 at 18:53
  • @Art (First of all, you missed an e in therefore, and should probably add some commas.) The gemara doesn't have a clear maskana at all, either way, and rashi in brachos, as far as I remember, doesn't say anything about the leviim either way; he's only talking about Moshe over there because that's what the gemara is talking about. Feb 25, 2018 at 19:03

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