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Ch. 25, v. 15: "Lo yosuru mi'menu" - The MESHECH CHOCHMOH says that the purpose of leaving the staves in their rings permanently is to teach us that they are not there for the purpose of carrying the Holy Ark. The Holy Ark had the miraculous ability to carry its carriers (gemara Sotoh 35b). If the staves would be in the rings during transport only, one would say that they are needed for that purpose. Leaving the staves in the rings permanently shows that even when the ark is transported, the staves are not there for transportation purposes, but rather are a component of the Holy Ark. This is similar to the illumination of the Beis Hamikdosh. The window frames were bevelled, larger to the outside (M'lochim 1:6:4). This is contrary to logic. If the frames would be enlargened inwards it would maximize the light coming in. Since the Beis Hamikdosh is a light to the world, the windows were bevelled in a manner indicating that the light emanates from the inside to the outside.

As well, the Rambam posits hilchos tmidim umusofim 3:10???? that the menorah was lit in the morning as well as in the evening. There was no need to light it in the morning as daylight was sufficient. Rather, this teaches us that the Beis Hamikdosh is the source for light for the world.

Ch. 26, v. 21: "V'arbo'im adneiHEM ko'sef" - Earlier in verse 19, when discussing the foundation blocks of the southern wall, the verse says "v'arbo'im adnei cho'sef." Why does our verse add the possessive suffix HEM to "adnei"? The MESHECH CHOCHMOH answers that the gemara Yerushalmi Shabbos 12:3 says that each beam had its unique position and should not be switched with another beam. Those that were further to the west were either closer to the Holy of Holies, or were even part of the wall of the Holy of Holies. Those that were to the north should not be changed to the south, even when placed in the corresponding east-west position. We thus see that being on the north is greater than being to the south. This is why our verse says "v'adneiHEM," with the possessive suffix. Our verse discusses the northern beams, and the beams are THEIRS, claiming a higher position. Verse 19 discusses the beams belonging to the southern wall. Their beams have no claim to remain on the south because if a northern beam is lost or rendered improper for use, a southern beam may be moved up and put in its place.


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