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Questions tagged [ark-aron-kodesh]

the box containing the decalogue's tablets, in the Holy Temple of old; and the cabinet for Torah scrolls in modern synagogues

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Hilchos Pesicha/Pesichas HaAron

I'm having trouble finding the halachos around the kibud of pesicha. I found the Shulchan Aruch contains a section for hagbahah and gelilah, but I don't see any description of pesicha. L'maaseh, here ...
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Questions regarding the wooden ark and the golden ark

In Devarim 10:1, G-d tells Moshe to carve two tablets, bring them to G-d, he will write the Ten Commandments on them, and then Moshe should make a wooden ark and place the tablets in them. Moshe makes ...
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Rule for opening the ark without a minyan

Yesterday morning, we didn't get a minyan. We were wondering if the ark should have been opened for "Avinu Malkeinu" despite the fact that there was no minyan in shul. I'm unaware that there is any ...
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How do we know/why do we assume the mishkan's components were rectangular?

The sizes of the objects in the mishkan are mostly described in terms of 3 lengths. E.g. שמות כה:י: וְעָשׂ֥וּ אֲר֖וֹן עֲצֵ֣י שִׁטִּ֑ים אַמָּתַ֨יִם וָחֵ֜צִי אָרְכּ֗וֹ וְאַמָּ֤ה וָחֵ֙צִי֙ רָחְבּ֔וֹ ...
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When and why was the ark placed at the front of the shul?

Wikipedia states that: In some ancient synagogues, such as the fifth-century synagogue in Susia, the Torah scroll was not placed inside the synagogue at all, but in a room adjacent to it, ...
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Can one Sefer Torah be in front of another one in an Aron?

My shul building is about 80 years old. The aron is huge and holds 10 Sifrei Torah arranged on 2 rows. The back row is higher than the front one. I noticed that all the "older" shuls that have a ...
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Can a previously used Aron Kodesh be used a Sefarim closet?

Someone in my neighborhood wants to donate a used Aron Kodesh to a shul. There is a shul in my neighborhood that I thought could use it, but they have one, already. But, I'm wondering if they would be ...
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Is there a source which states that the Baal Koreh should accompany the Sefer Torah back to the Ark?

Shulchan Oruch O Ch 23 149 (1) writes הגה - ובמקומות שמצניעין אותו בהיכל שהוא הארון בב"ה מצוה לכל מי שעוברת לפניו ללותה עד לפני הארון שמכניסין אותו שם [ד"ע ומהרי"ל] וכן הגולל ילך אחר הס"ת עד ...
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How to walk out of a place that has an ark?

See my answer to this M.Y. question. My follow up question - Are the rules applicable to only a "formal" bet Knesset, i.e. a building established as such? Or is it dependent on the presence of an ark?...
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How to walk out of the synagogue? [duplicate]

I observe that some people leave the synagogue with their face toward the Ark (and not with their back to the Ark) and therefore go out backwards. Where is the source for this and does it depend on ...
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Yom Kippur Segulah Question

Does anyone know of a Source for Pesicha for Neilah being a segulah for Parnassah? Its something I have heard said is there a source anyone can send me to it would be appreciated?
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Was the ark placed on the ground in the mishkan?

When the priests carried the ark in the wilderness, did they place the ark on the ground inside the mishkan or was there a "stand" or "platform" on which it rested? Second question would be, What was ...
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What happened to Elazar ben Aminadav?

In 1 Shmuel 7:1 we learn that the Aron came to the house of Aminadav and to Elazar his son. Then in 2 Shmuel 6:3 we read that the is transported on a wagon guided by Uzzah and Achiyo the sons of ...
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If the ark was found today how should it be handled? [duplicate]

If the Aron Kodesh that contains the two sets of tablets given at Sinai, which was hidden away towards the end of the first temple period, was found today (in modern times) how should it be handled? ...
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If a Torah ark has “French” doors, which door should be opened first?

Extending this question: Some shuls, such as mine, have "French" doors on the Aron. These are two vertical doors that open "outwards" (i.e., towards you when facing the Aron. Well, if it opened ...
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Which direction to open the Paroches on the Aron Kodesh

Inspired by DanF question here. Covering the Aron Kodesh in a Shul is a curtain called the Paroches. One needs to open up the curtain before taking out the Torah. Which direction is one supposed to ...
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Were there two Arks constructed, one by Bezaleel and one by Moshe?

In Devarim 10:1-5 G_d was speaking with Moshe about hewing two new tablets and then in verse 3 it says, (Moshe speaking) "So I made an ark of acacia wood, hewed two tablets of stone like the first ...
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Did anyone other than Rashi think the Ark could “bear itself” (Joshua 4:18)?

The text of Joshua 4:18 holds an oddity: וַ֠יְהִי בעלות [כַּעֲל֨וֹת] הַכֹּהֲנִ֜ים נֹשְׂאֵ֨י אֲר֤וֹן בְּרִית־יְהוָה֙ מִתּ֣וֹךְ הַיַּרְדֵּ֔ן נִתְּק֗וּ כַּפּוֹת֙ רַגְלֵ֣י הַכֹּהֲנִ֔ים אֶ֖ל הֶחָרָבָ֑ה ...
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How long did King David reign in Jerusalem before he brought the Ark there?

In the book of Samuel 2, Chapter 7 it says: They brought in the Ark of the LORD and set it up in its place inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and ...
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Does one have to stand when the Ark is open?

I heard only when the Torah is taken out, not when open. What is the actual Halacha and if you do need to stand, is there a leniency if ones legs hurt?
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Cherubim & Ark of Cov. description paralleled to (or inspired by) Egyptians?

I'm wondering why the cherubim atop the Ark of the Covenant, as referenced in Exodus 25:20, 1 Kings 8:6, 2 Chronicles 5:7, etc., are explicitly described with outstretched wings? I believe that ...
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Why were there two Cherubim on the Ark

Why were there two Cherubim on the ark? And what was their role?
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Was the Ark of the Covenant ever cleaned [duplicate]

Was the blood that was sprinkled on the Ark on Yom Kippur allowed to dry and accumulate through the centuries, or was there a provision for cleaning the Holy of Holies and the Ark in particular?
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Parshas Terumah vs. Vayakhel - instruction vs action

Last night my chavrusa and I were comparing the language surrounding the command of the construction of the Tabernacle versus the language used to describe the fulfillment of that command. By the ...
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Why was there no ark in the second temple?

Since the exact dimensions of the ark - Aron - are mentioned in the Torah (Shmos 25:10 and on), why didn't they make one to replace the missing one in the 2nd Temple?
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Cherubim on top of the ark

Jews are forbidden to create any graven images of anything in the heavens yet Hashem commanded the ark be adorned with cherubim. Is this an exception or a contradiction?
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Why were there only two tablets in the ark?

In book 1 of Melachim (Kings) Chapter 8 it says that there were only 2 tablets in the Ark. What happened to the Mon (manna) and Moses' staff? Weren't they supposed to be in there as well?
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How was Klall Yisrael able to have the miracle of being gathered between the two poles of the Aaron HaKodesh if they weren't able to be near it?

I recently saw while learning Navi that before crossing the Jordan that Yehoshua gathered all of Klall Yisroel and told them that they would experience miracles in their conquest of Eretz Yisroel. ...
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Special merit of the keeper of the Ark of the Covenant

In Shmuel 1, chapter 6, the Plishtim returned the Ark of the Covenant back to the Jews, and it rested on a big stone in the field of Joshua from Beis Shemesh (verse 14). What was the special merit of ...
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Is there nowadays any advantage in having an Ark which is movable?

The Mishnah in Taanis 2 (1) refers to the practice of taking the Ark out of the synagogue into the the town square on the more serious fasts for rain and putting ashes on the ark: סדר תענייות כיצד::...
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History of decorated Paroches - curtain on the Aron Kodesh

In Praying directly before an aron the question is asked whether it is proper to pray in front of a Paroches that is decorated. I am aware of a few Shuls that do not have any decorations or words on ...
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Praying directly before an aron

It is very common to have a pictorially adorned curtain on an aron kodesh (cabinet that hold the Torah scrolls in a synagogue). It is also very common to have the shatz (prayer leader) stand before ...
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Why single out the miracle with the aron in כהושעת אלים? And why in that spot?

In the hoshana כהושעת אלים, most of it talks about the miracles of Yetzias Mitzrayim and the splitting of the sea (letters א-נ), then moves on to the circuits around the mizbe'ach (ס-ע), then - ...
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What is the reason for the ark opening & closing procedure during Aleinu in High Holiday Musaph?

The Art Scroll & Birnbaum siddurim Nusach Ashkenaz for both Rosh Hashannah & Yom Kippur state this ark / opening procedure during the cantor's recital of the Aleinu prayer during Musaph on ...
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Was the use of Acacias for the Ark and Tabernacle more than practical?

I know of the story that Yaakov planted Acacias (Hebrew: שיטים) specifically for the future construction of the tabernacle, ark, altars and showbread table. I've also found a write-up on acacias that ...
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Can Torah scrolls be stored in drawers laying horizontally?

All arks that I have seen have the Torah scrolls stored standing vertically in the ark. Is this an absolute halachic requirement that the Torah must be stored vertically? What if an ark contained a ...
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What was in the Ark of the Covenant?

Shemot 25:21 says: And you shall place the ark cover on the ark from above, and into the ark you shall place the testimony, which I will give you. This seems to be reaffirmed in Melachim I 8:9: ...
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Is there any halachic problem with an ark having a “lazy susan” for the Sifrei Torah?

Our shul has a small ark. There is room for 4 Sifrei Torah with 2 on each row. As a Ba'al Kri'ah / Gabbai, I find it difficult, sometimes, to shuffle Sifrei Torah between the front and back row, esp. ...
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Can the Torah Scroll be opened while still inside the Aron Kodesh?

I can't imagine for what reason, but can a Torah Scroll be opened while still in the Aron Kodesh? In other words, must a Torah Scroll always be removed from the Aron Kodesh in order to open the Torah ...
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Praying in front of the Aron HaKodesh

Sometimes I find myself in situations where I can only pray behind the Aron HaKodesh. Is there anything wrong with that according to Halacha? I ask because seemingly Chazal wanted the Aron HaKodesh ...
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Building on top of an aron kodesh

Are there any halachic parameters regarding a building which has an aron kodesh in it and what may or may not be built on top, meaning on the floors above? For example it would seem to me that it ...
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Fasting when seeing an Aron Kodesh fall with a Sefer Torah inside

Discussed already were the "customs" surrounding fasting when a Sefer Torah falls the floor: The earliest source is the Shu"t Mishpetei Shmuel 12 quoted by the Magen Avraham 44:5. He bases it on ...
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Praying with the aron still (but now unnecessarily) open

Often, kadish follows a prayer for which the aron (cabinet for Torah scrolls) is open. Examples include "Avinu malkenu" (sometimes) and the prayer accompanying putting the Torah scroll back (sometimes)...
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What will happen if the Ark of the Covenant is discovered today?

I read this question and the answer says that the Ark of the Covenant was buried somewhere beneath Jerusalem during the First Temple period (~580 BC), to hide it from the Babylonian invaders. It seems ...
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Why is the Paroches inside the Aron Kodesh in Ponevezh Yeshiva

This is a picture of the Aron Kodesh in Ponevezh. I have heard from a former Talmid of Ponevezh that the Paroches is inside the Aron. Does anyone have a source/reason for why the minhag in Ponevezh ...
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Paroches on an Aron

I am going under the assumption that an Aron (cabinet) must fulfill certain requirements for it to be Kosher to place a Torah in. Is one of those requirements that it must have a Paroches (curtain) or ...
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Why when we read from two Torah scrolls is the one taken out first returned last and vice versa?

When we Askenazim read from two Torah scrolls, the one taken out first is returned last and the one taken out second is returned first. But we say “maalin bekodesh ve’ain moridin” – we go up in ...
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Can one stand a child in an aron kodesh in order for the child to kiss the sifrei torah?

Can you place (stand) a 2 year old child on a shelf in an Aron Kodesh which is on the same level as the Sifrei Torah in order for the child to look at and kiss the Sifrei Torah?
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Source and reason for throwing the Hoshanos on top of the Aron Kodesh

I have seen in many Shuls on Hoshana Raba after using the Hoshanos people throw the used Hoshanos on top of the Aron Kodesh. What is the reason and source for this Minhag?
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When do we change back the ark-cover etc from white to the rest-of-the-year colour?

When do we change back the proches (ark-cover) etc from white to the rest-of-the-year colour? I would have thought right after Simchas Torah or possibly Isru Chag?