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This article, by Rabbi Shubert Spero, says that the fashion started around the sixteenth century. He suggests that a tower symbolizes strength and security, and so it fits well with Havdalah, in which we speak of Hashem as our source of security ("כי עזי וזמרת י-ה"), and also that it is associated with the rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash and the coming of ...


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Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch explains (Exodus 25:29) that the bread was primarily designed to support the other pieces of bread. From this we can learn the importance of giving much of our own material wealth to others. This shape according to רבי חנינא whose tradition has the most to be said for it (See Menachoth 94b and תוספות ibid) was a flat surface ...


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Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon of Yeshivat Har Etzion states: What is considered "rounded?" The Bi'ur Halakha (s.v. Ve-lo) rejects the notion that a token rounding is sufficient to exempt a garment from tzitzit, but remains undecided about the amount of rounding necessary to exempt the garment. There are Acharonim, though, who do venture opinions. The ...


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Assuming there are separate receptacles for each light, a menorah can be any shape. However, the the Biur Halacha in siman 671 siff 4 quotes a Maharshal that lighting in a circular utensil is not a hiddur for ner Chanuka. Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in siman 139 siff 9 says to make the lights 'straight in a row, not one high and one low'. This has become ...


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Okay, I think I've found the answer. The Teivah was definitively not a boat shape according to the Ibn Ezra, Abarbanel and Rav S. R. Hirsch. Ibn Ezra:תיבה ולא ספינה כי איננה על צורת אניה ואין לה משוטים - a box, not a ship as it was not shaped like a boat and had no oars. Abarbanel: והנה צוה אותו בבנין תיבה לא ספינה ולא אניה לפי שלא היתה כדמות ספינה עם ...


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It is only forbidden to make the form of a celestial body if it was intended as such. So an asterisk or a plain circle or a zero or the letter O or a picture of a starfish is permitted.


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