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Objection to Rambam’s Menorah

If you asked a Chabad Lubavitch Hassid, they would tell you the shape of the gold seven-branched candelabra that stood in the Second Temple was not rounded. However, that theory is now facing a challenge in the form of a new book published by Rabbi Yisrael Ariel of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem's Old City. Full Story

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Science as G-d
January 3, 2009 2:25 pm

This is what happens when people take themselves too seriously. Archeology is a retrospective science; it does not test hypotheses, rather it surmises based on findings. It is most often a tremendous asset, but it is certainly not foolproof. I once had a brilliant melamed (ULY 10th grade 5752) who explained that the “rough sketch” of the Ramabam was inexact insofar is it was not drawn to scale. For example, you’ll notice that the “prachim” are not all at the same height. In addition, as explained at length in the Miller’s book on the 8th principle of the Rambam based… Read more »

bent sticks
January 2, 2009 9:17 am

This guy is doing nothing more than showing off his am haratzus. The rebbe goes in to detail about each of his complaints. The rebbe was also an engineer who read blue prints very well, and during the war supervised ship building based on blue prints. What blue prints did the wisenheimer read??? Many meforshim connect parshas mike?tz to chanuka based on the sheva kanim stocks of corn that paroh dreamed. What is the connection to corn if they are round. But give this guy a break he needs his fifteen minutes of fame. I am sure the rebbe would… Read more »

john
January 2, 2009 6:11 am

i dont know halacha but this seems to be the archeologist versus the sefer usually the sefer can win all the best u are right #3 someone who doesnt 2nd guess the amount of knowledge of him against giants is a dangerous fool which sadly seems to be very prevalent in different circles these forms of knowledge think that they know better then other people and must be STAMPED OUT after all they do like chabad take some measure of responsibility for the jewish people and they beileve they can introduce torah to the new and revised tested edition be… Read more »

Headline
January 2, 2009 4:51 am

This is a much better headline then the one that was used for this article on the hebrew site! Keep it up!

Why I Already Have Boycotted the Institute
January 2, 2009 4:37 am

I give tours to Israel, and each time this ‘guy’ sees me a “Chabadnik” is there, he takes time to openly say the Rebbe is not right with his teachings. It’s embarressing! Since then .. I have never taken my tours there. Would anyone ever take a tour to see Shach? Then why go there? We Chabad people have $ to use in boycott!

rough sketch
January 2, 2009 3:34 am

if you look at the bottom of sketch and at the cups on the branches, the Rambam knew how to draw a curved line. if he meant it to be a rough sketch of a round menorah he would have rounded the branches!!

More the one Menorah
January 2, 2009 3:24 am

without going into detail… and as the Rebbe has Explained before, there were many menorah’s in the Bais Hamikdash. they all could have been round. the drawing of the rambam refers to THE Menorah.

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