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Friday, March 12

The Weekly Shtikle - Vayakkeil / Pekudei

The Weekly Shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmas my Opa, Tovia Yehudah ben Yoel, a'h.

The pasuk (40:22) recounts the placing of the Shulchan in the North before the placing of the Menorah in the South. However, points out R' Chaim Brisker, the Mishkan was put together from the Kodesh Kadashim and out, i.e. from the West to the East. There is a concept known as "Kol pinos she'atah poneh, lo yehu ela derech yamin" (Sotah 15b and various other sources). That is, that all turns that you make should be to the right. If so, when facing East, one should theoretically turn right to the South and place the Menorah first and then place the Shulchan in the North.

R' Chaim answers that we see in the layout that Moshe was commanded (26:35) that aside from being in the South, the Menorah should be "Nochach haShulchan", opposite the Shulchan. Therefore, it had to be placed after the Shulchan so that it would face it immediately. So, too, is the reason why the outer altar was put in its place before the Kiyor which was closer to the Mishkan for in the description of the Kiyor (30:18) we find it is to be placed "bein Ohel Moed uvein haMizbeiach," between Ohel Moed and the altar which is only possible if both are in place beforehand. R' Chaim Kanievsky gives this answer as well.

Chazak, chazak venischazeik!

Have a good Shabbos. Mishenichnas Adar Marbim beSimchah!

Eliezer Bulka

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