Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Halocho #1035 - Replicating the Temple vessels

One may not build a house using the measurements of the Bet Hamikdash, nor a courtyard the size of its courtyards. (These measurements can be found in Tractate Midot.) 

One may not make a table identical to the one in the Bet Hamikdash. (Measurements and materials are in Parshat Terumah) 

One may not have a Menorah identical to the one in the Bet Hamikdash:
- A seven branched Menorah is forbidden even if it's not made of gold, and even if it doesn't have the "flower & cup" designs nor the height of the Menorah described in Parshat Terumah. Reason: These details did not disqualify the Menorah in the Mikdash.

- One may have a 5, 6 or 8 branched Menora.

- A circular candelabrum with 6 arms and a 7th in the middle is questionable. Since this is a Torah prohibition one should be strict and forbid it.

(Note: In Israel most silver manufactures do not manufacture 7 armed candelabras in any configuration.)

Source: Kitzur Shulchan Aruch 168:5-6

- Danny
Wednesday, 19 Shvat 5773

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