by Zvi Akiva Fleisher
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OROH V'SIMCHOH - MESHECH CHOCHMOH ON PARSHAS KI SISO 5766 BS"D
Ch. 30, v. 18: "V'nosato SHOMOH moyim" - Should the verse not have said "v'nosato BO moyim?" The MESHECH CHOCHMOH answers that the gemara Z'vochim 22a says that the washing ritual of the Kohanim's hands and feet does not require the "kior." It is sufficient to pour the water from any sanctified vessel that meets certain volume requirements. However, it is required to do the washing in the area of the location of the "kior," in the southern area between the "ulom," the front chamber of the Beis Hamikdosh, and the altar, as mentioned in the gemara Yerushalmi Yoma 4:5. Therefore the Torah stresses SHOMOH, as the location is critical, and not BO, as the "kior" is not critical. As well, when the Mishkon was erected and its vessels were put into place for their service the verse also says "Va'yi'tein SHOMOH mayim" (Shmos 40:30).
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