I'm finding it very difficult indeed to understand how the Cohanim walked around the Mizbeach on a ledge which was only one Amoh wide but was also six Amos above the floor... Seems to me that they'd always be falling off...

  • There were two Mizbeach's (Mizbachot?). The dimensions you're speaking about sounds like the dimensions for the inner Mizbeach. The outer Mizbeach was larger. Commented Jun 6, 2018 at 20:47
  • @salmon no they sound like the outer bigger one. The ledge was only half wya up
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You are probably referring to the "Sovev" - ledge half way up the Mizbeach, which was six Amos above the floor.

The Tiferes Yisroel (צורת המזבח אות יד) writes that there was probably a Ma'akoh - fence so the kohanim should not fall off.

I have not seen this brought by other meforshim, or illustrated in any diagram of the Mizbeach (other than in בית השם on מדות פרק ג משנה ג).

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