Tuesday, February 12, 2019

inside or in between?

    ופעמוני זהב בתוכם סביב
The אונקלס פ' תצוה, Rashi, and Rambam translate, "בתוכם"
” in between”.
The פעמונים were placed between the רימונים.

The אונקלס פ' פקודי and the Ramban, translate  בתוכם
The פעמונים were placed inside the רימונים.

Since there were equal amounts of פעמונים as רימונים.

so why according to Rashi etc, does the Torah write to place the פעמונים between the רימונים and not the other way, the רימונים
between the פעמונים?

R. Yosef Dov (Berel)  Soloveitchik zt”l (Yerushalayim-בנו של הגרי"ז  ) answered :
The Rambam (Klei Hamikdash 9:4) writes, first, to attach all the רימונים and afterwards we place the פעמונים.

The Rambam seems to be saying the Torah commanded us to attach the רימונים on, first, and only then do we attach the פעמונים.

The Rambam gets this Halacha that the רימונים should be attached first since the Torah writes the פעמונים to be placed between the רימונים and not the opposite.  

I saw another answer, in the Har Hamoriyah
(Friedberg Rambam)

Being the רימונים were made from 3 colors of wool, and
the פעמונים were made from a single color (gold)
The רימונים seemed to be more noticeable and prominent over
the single color פעמונים. Therefore it appeared  to the eye
that the פעמונים were between the רימונים and not the רימונים
between the פעמונים..


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