Thursday, December 14, 2017

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Straight or Round?

   by Reb Gutman Locks   

 

     There is a longstanding argument as to whether the arms of the menorah in the Temple were straight or round. Sometimes, when two-sided arguments are found in the talmud the conclusion is, "both are correct."

     And most of us hearing that conclusion ask, "They are saying opposite things so how can they both be right?"

     And often the answer is, "When the Mashiach comes he will explain it."

     But here with the Temple Menorah's seven arms inscribed the answer seems to have been found. This stone slab was found in Tiberias and was originally used as a door to a Jewish cemetery. The seven-armed menorah pictured here (the outer most semicircle ring is not an arm of the menorah) dates back from between the 2nd and 4th centuries CE. And it appears that the arms of the Menorah were both straight and round!

 

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great Question --- perhaps it is connected to the explanations of the Sepher Yetzirah (there is an easy translation William Westcott http://www.hermetik-international.com/en/media-library/kabbalah/william-wynn-westcott-sepher-yetzirah/ -- the Kabbalah seems to be very complex.
Mike

Anonymous said...

I've read a number of times that according to the Rambam and the even the Lubavitcher Rebbe agrees with the Rambam that the original menorah (made by Betzalel) was straight (angular) and not round, which the picture here even portrays. The reason of a wrong perception of that it was round is taken from the Arch of Titus where a round menorah is engraved. That might be from the second Temple because the first is hidden until Moshiach comes.
We can see from the above picture that it is encircled, but the actual Menorah is stright. It was formed miraculously as one piece

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