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Why were the broken Luchos not in the Aron that was in the Kodesh Hakodoshim

in Bamidbar 10:33 the Pasuk says: וַיִּסְעוּ֙ מֵהַ֣ר יְהֹוָ֔ה דֶּ֖רֶךְ שְׁלֹ֣שֶׁת יָמִ֑ים וַאֲר֨וֹן בְּרִית־יְהֹוָ֜ה נֹסֵ֣עַ לִפְנֵיהֶ֗ם דֶּ֚רֶךְ שְׁלֹ֣שֶׁת יָמִ֔ים לָת֥וּר לָהֶ֖ם מְנוּחָֽה׃ They ...
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Thickness of the walls of the Ark?

Is there a source brought on the thickness of the walls of the Aron ha-Brit? (Not the kapporet and not the dimensions of the walls FYI[which is in the p'shat] in case that's confusing.)
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Why walk Backwards away from Ark - ארון קדש

I have observed a custom in which some people do not turn there back to the Aron kodesh when walking away from it, such as when they are done closing it after returning the sefer torah. I am looking ...
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Blind man opening the ark/taking out the Torah

Is there anything problematic in Halacha with a blind man opening up the Ark (Aron Kodesh) and taking out the Torah during the Torah service? Does it depend if one is doing one but not the other?
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What would distance measurements in the Holy of Holies have been

The Gemara (Yoma 21a) says: But didn’t Rabbi Levi say that this matter is a tradition that we received from our ancestors: The place of the Ark of the Covenant is not included in the measurement of ...
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Hoshanot without a Minyan - removing the Torah from the Aron Hakodesh

There are nine men at Shacharit on Hol HaMoed Sukkot, one short of a minyan. Hoshanot can be recited without a minyan. Should the Torah be removed from the Aron when reciting Hoshanot with only nine ...
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Moshe Levine book, Le Tabernacle

Does anyone own the Moshe Levine book, Le Tabernacle? I would like to verify something. I was told that in this work, the author considers the Ark to be an electric capacitor. Can anyone confirm me if ...
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The procedure of checking new scrolls against the Torah scroll in the Ark

I remember an interpretation of the purpose of the Torah scroll in the Ark (or maybe another scroll in the Temple), to check other scrolls against it. Rabbis constantly claim the veracity and ...
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Measurement of Cherubim in the Mishkan

Our son would like to bring in a model to school of the Aron, and cherubim (ark of covenant, and cherubim) that was in the mishkan. I found a box with the exact size of the ark. We would like to make ...
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What was the spiritual significance of the blood being used as a means of atonement, dedication, and purification?

Blood played a significant role within Israelite Culture ceremoniously and ritualistically. For example (including but not limited to) for confirmation of a covenant, as part of the dedication of the ...
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Following a sefer Torah

In a minyan I participate in, the one doing hachnasas sefer torah has to return the torah immediately to an aron kodesh in another room. I see people walk out the door to follow the Torah outside of ...
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Did the Tsalot HaAron in Shemot 25:14 refer to the sidewalls (left & right of Keruvim)?

Did the צַלְעֹ֣ת הָאָרֹ֑ן Tsalot HaAron in Shemot 25:14 refer to the sidewalls (left & right of Keruvim)? HaKohanim הַכֹּהֲנִים֙ The-Priests in Devarim 31:9 (Deuteronomy 31:9) were required to ...
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Did the kohanim physically carry the aron?

The Chizkuni (Shemos 25:11) writes וצפית אתו זהב ראוי היה הארון להיות כולו של זהב אלא שלא יהא כבד לנשאו, ודינו להנשא בכתף כדכתיב כי עבודת הקדש עליהם בכתף ישאו, וכן מצינו במזבח שהיה נבוב לחות כדי שלא ...
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How many times did the Kohanim carry the Aron?

We know that it is a mitzvah for the Kohanim to transport the Aron. Do we know how many times this mitzvah was performed?
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Looking for the origin of custom to decorate the Aron Hakodesh with 10 Commandments

Many synagogues have the custom to decorate the Peroches (curtain covering the Ark) with imagery of the 10 Commandments or Luchos in some form. When did this custom originate? Is there any source for ...
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Heter Bamos and the Aron Hakodesh

Zevachim 118b-119a is discussing the heter bamos during the period when the Mishkan was in Nov and Giv'on, for 57 years. It mentions a fact that I found astonishing (I suppose many others knew it ...
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luchos in aron when Pelishtim captured it

I want to know if the luchos were inside the Aron when the Pelishtim captured it. Rashi notes in Sefer Shmuel Aleph Chapter 4 that Shaul grabbed the luchos from Golias on the battlefield and fled with ...
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Cherubim gender differences

While I have found two different versions of Cherubim's gender: they were both males (the Torah says איש אל אחיו, implying two of them were male), also other commentators in place they were male and ...
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Did Cherubim have actual faces?

What are the opinions on how the faces of the Cherubim actually look like: Were they truly human, and if yes whose face (Abraham, Yaakov or else), or did they only resemble human faces, or did they ...
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Of all Aron measures, why the thickness of the Kapores was not mentioned?

While working on "the-holy-ark-weigh-4-tons" I noticed, the thickness of the Kapores (1 Tefach) is concluded only in the Gemmorah by גזירה שווה to other measures (Succa 5a): "... אלא כפורת טפח מנלן?...
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Why, according to Rashi, do the words Aron Ha-Elokim refer to the Urim Ve-Tumim, and not the Aron Ha-Kodesh in I Shmuel 14:18?

Rashi comments to the words "Aron Ha-Elokim" in Shmuel I 14:18, saying that these words refer to the Urim Ve-Tumim. Why does Rashi understand these words to be referring to the Urim Ve-Tumim, when ...
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Did the Holy Ark's "self-suspension" miracle ever stopped working?

Allegedly, the holy ark sustained itself miraculously: "ויבואו עד גורן נכון וישלח עוזה אל ארון האלהים ויאחז בו כי שמוטו הבקר". אמר הקב"ה ארון נושא את נושאיו עצמו לא כל שכן?!" (ילקוט שמעוני ...
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Does the Holy Ark weigh 4 tons?

I did some calculations, based on the following measures: The Aron was 2.5 x 1.5 x 1.5 Amahs The gold was 2.5cm thick (a finger) for the ark and 10cm thick (a Tefah) for the Kapores, at 19.3 g/cm3 ...
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Was there a duplicate of the Aron Hakodesh?

The Rambam writes in Hilchos Klei Mikdash (7:19) that all the vessels in the Beis Hamikdash had duplicates (and duplicates of the duplicates) just in case a vessel became impure. Did the Aron Hakodesh ...
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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 Halachicly?

Imagine that 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). What are the ...
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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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Are Cherubim on top of the ark exception or contradiction?

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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