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Does the Holy Ark weigh 4 tons?

I go through the math here. Admittedly I use a lot of very rough estimation. I caught some mistakes in my math in the video which I have edited here, as well as adding a section below regarding the ...
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Were there two Arks constructed, one by Bezaleel and one by Moshe?

Rashi in his commentary to Devarim 10:1 writes that there were indeed two; the one made by Moshe was the one that the Bnei Yisrael carried with them when they went into battle. At that time: At the ...
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Did anyone other than Rashi think the Ark could "bear itself" (Joshua 4:18)?

Rashi's source is a Gemara in Sotah (35a): נמצא ארון ונושאיו וכהנים מצד אחד וישראל מצד אחד נשא ארון את נושאיו ועבר שנאמר (יהושע ד, יא) ויהי כאשר תם כל העם לעבור ויעבור ארון ה' והכהנים לפני העם ...
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Does one have to stand when the Ark is open?

It is a demonstration of honour to stand but not a duty. See here The original rule is this (SA YD 282, 2): הרואה ספר תורה שהוא מהלך חייב לעמוד לפניו ויהיו הכל עומדים עד שיעמוד זה שמוליכו ויגיענו ...
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How to walk out of the synagogue?

See O.C. 132:2 Ba'er Hetev #9. He says that Mahari"l bowed down 3 times when he left his place, and faced the ark while doing that. He repeated this when he was at the entrance of the shul. He then ...
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Hilchos Pesicha/Pesichas HaAron

Open the ark after kaddish but wait for the chazzan to walk towards you before you take out the Torah. When he does, take out the Torah and hand it to him. He will recite the pesukim(according to ...
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The procedure of checking new scrolls against the Torah scroll in the Ark

Rambam states this in Hilchot Tefillin and Mezuzot 7:2 regarding the scrolls that a King writes: "...This [King's] copy is corrected by comparison with a scroll kept in the temple court and ...
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Did Cherubim have actual faces?

Bava Basra 99a states clearly that they were in the form of children: תניא אונקלוס הגר אמר כרובים (דברי הימים ב ג, י) מעשה צעצועים הן It was taught in a Braisa: Onkelos the convert said, the ...
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Can a previously used Aron Kodesh be used a Sefarim closet?

According to Kitzur Yalkut Yosef 1:166:4-5 (A Sefardi Posek): There are those that say you can put Gemarot and Halachic works in an old Aron Kodesh, since this was implicitly agreed upon from the ...
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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?

This comment of Rashi is also the view expressed by Radak and Ralbag. It seems to be related to the idea of inquiring of it what course of action they should take. This is like Sforno explains to ...
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Did the Tsalot HaAron in Shemot 25:14 refer to the sidewalls (left & right of Keruvim)?

If the Sons of Qehat & HaKohanim were approaching you with HaAron, you would see a Keruv's back bowing to דְבַר־יְ֠הֹוָה the Word of YHVH. - Correct? No, the aron was carried covered with cloth. ...
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Cherubim gender differences

Seems that there are various opinions as to what they looked like, from birds to human-like to birds with human faces. It would seem that if they were of both genders it would be apparent in their ...
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Rule for opening the ark without a minyan

Since I and two rabbanim I asked didn't find classical sources addressing this case, I think we have to break down your question into three Are you forbidden from opening the ark? Do you have to open ...
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Parshas Terumah vs. Vayakhel - instruction vs action

I've noticed that a general pattern to many of the differences between Terumah and Vayakhel is that Terumah has a more precise account of the relationship between different parts or descriptions of ...
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Parshas Terumah vs. Vayakhel - instruction vs action

I would suggest the following Chiddush, but I welcome feedback as usual. The prohibition of removing the Badim immediately follows in Shemos 25, but not in Shemos 37. I would like to suggest that ...
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Why were there only two tablets in the ark?

Radak in his commentary to this verse says that it proves that there was no Torah scroll or broken tablets in the Ark: זה ראייה כי לא היו בארון לא שברי לוחות ולא ס״ת וארון שבו ס״ת נראה כי נתנוהו ...
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Does one have to stand when the Ark is open?

HaRav Dor Lior states (my translation): אומנם צריך לכבד את ארון הקודש אך מכיוון שמצד עיקר הדין מותר לשבת בזמן שארון הקודש פתוח, לכן, מי שקשה לו יכול לשבת. While one needs to honor the Aron Qodesh, ...
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Cherubim & Ark of Cov. description paralleled to (or inspired by) Egyptians?

Judaism fundamentaly differs from Egyptian theological system. Only thing similar here are wings and fact there is two of them. Cherubim and their representation is not contrary to commandments, it ...
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Can one Sefer Torah be in front of another one in an Aron?

As sam pointed out in a comment, it says in Shulchan Aruch Yoreh Deah 282:19 as follows: מֻתָּר לְהַנִּיחַ סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה עַל סֵפֶר תּוֹרָה, וּמַנִּיחִים חֻמָּשִׁים עַל גַּבֵּי נְבִיאִים וּכְתוּבִים,...
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Which direction to open the Paroches on the Aron Kodesh

Rabi Ovadia Yosef ZATSAL. (so his son said - Rabi Avraham Yosef so i heard him and here is a link to his answer) And Rabi Meir Mazuz SHLITa (so i heard him and here is a link answered in his ...
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Measurement of Cherubim in the Mishkan

According to Sukkah 5b, the Cherubim were 10 handbreadths (טפחים) in height from the tip of the wings to the base and their faces were at least one handbreadth in length (see here). I'm not sure any ...
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Did the Holy Ark's "self-suspension" miracle ever stopped working?

Baaley Tosafoth say that it was only for that one time [לפי שעה]. Quoting from Sotah 35 apparently. Chizkuni Shemoth 25, Sefaria: וצפית אתו זהב ראוי היה הארון להיות כולו של זהב אלא שלא יהא כבד לנשאו, ...
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Did the Holy Ark's "self-suspension" miracle ever stopped working?

According to the math I cite here, I don't think it's possible to say that it wasn't true always. While they were stronger back then (Sotah 34a says they could pick up 40 se'ah of rock on their own), ...
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Thickness of the walls of the Ark?

Bava Basra 14a records two opinions regarding the thickness of the walls of the Ark. R’ Meir’s opinion is that the thickness was a 1/2 handbreadth. According to R’ Yehudah the walls were 1/4 ...
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What would distance measurements in the Holy of Holies have been

Support for Heshy's point is found in the שער האמונה ויסוד החסידות, פתח השער לבית יעקב ה׳: באמת מצינו במס' מגילה (דף י:) דבר זה מסורת בידינו מאבותינו מקום ארון אינו מן המדה. In truth we find in ...
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Which direction to open the Paroches on the Aron Kodesh

The answer depends on the parochet. The schul I grew up in has a parochet which goes towards the right, whereas the one I daven by now has one which goes towards the left. The former is a Chabad, the ...
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Parshas Terumah vs. Vayakhel - instruction vs action

[This doesn't directly address your specific example, but it is perhaps a general answer to these types of questions. I imagine that those who did not like this answer might also not like this one.] ...
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Is there nowadays any advantage in having an Ark which is movable?

I've heard that a immovable ark makes a room or structure into a synagogue. There are limitations on what you can do with a room or structure that is a synagogue. For example, selling or demolishing ...
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Praying with the aron still (but now unnecessarily) open

The Shulchon Aruch Orach Chaim Siman 268 S'eef 2,when discussing the Tefilos on Shabbos, says "אם טעה והתחיל תפלת חול גומר אותה ברכה",meaning that if someone started saying one of the weekday Brochos ...
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