Thursday, January 13, 2011

Q&A - How much did original Menorah weigh ?

This is yet another question with the explicit answer right in the text, namely Exodus 25:39.

39 Of a talent of pure gold shall he make it, with all these vessels.


‎39 ‏כִּכָּ֛ר זָהָ֥ב טָה֖וֹר יַעֲשֶׂ֣ה אֹתָ֑הּ אֵ֥ת כָּל־הַכֵּלִ֖ים הָאֵֽלֶּה׃

Below is the rendering of the Menorah with all its parts. Namely, the Menorah itself, Oil Pans to add Oil to the Lamps, 7 Golden Lamps, Golden "Tweezers" to handle the Lamps, and Golden Oil Jars.


I would like to note that very few commentators mention the Golden Oil Jars of the Menorah that were made from the very same 1 Talent of Gold which is mentioned in that verse of Exodus.


This is due to the fact that these Golden Oil Jars are mentioned separately and only in Numbers 4:9, and not in the main description of the Menorah.

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