THE FREIDA MILLER MASECHES MIDOS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler of Kollel Iyun Hadaf
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
(a) What was the purpose of the two holes in the south-western corner of the Yesod?
(b) Which blood was poured on ...
1. ... the western side of that Yesod?
2. ... the southern side?
(c) Where did the two lots of blood go from there?
(d) What happened to the blood, once it reached the valley of Kidron?
(a) What was the 'Shis'? Where was it located?
(b) They covered the entrance to that pit (via a diagonal shaft from the Azarah) with a marble plate. What size was the lid? How did they remove it?
(c) Why was this necessary from time to time?
(a) A ramp (Kevesh) led up to the Mizbe'ach on its south side. Why did they not build steps?
(b) What were the dimensions of the Kevesh? How long was it (at the horizontal), and what was its width?
(c) What was the purpose of the small windowed cubicle that was located at the top of the ramp on its west side?
(a) The stones for the Kevesh were brought from the valley of Beis Kerem. From where did they bring the stones for the Mizbe'ach?
(b) From which part of the ground did they dig them up?
(c) What, besides being touched by metal, would render them Pasul?
(d) What would they do if one of the stones of the Mizbe'ach became Pasul?
(a) How often would they lime the stones ...
1. ... of the Mizbe'ach?
2. ... of the Heichal?
(b) What did they do each Erev Shabbos, according to Rebbi?
(c) According to the Tana Kama, what they were careful not to use, when whitewashing the Mizbe'ach?
(d) The prohibition of metal touching the Mizbe'ach is based on the Pasuk "Lo Sanif Aleihem Barzel". Why is the Torah so particular about this?
(a) A series of rings was attached to the floor on the north side of the Azarah (as we discussed in Tamid). According to the Tana Kama, there were six rows (from west to east), each consisting of four rings. What do Yesh Omrim say?
(b) We already discussed the Beis ha'Mitbachayim in Tamid. What purpose did ...
1. ... the three rows of hooks on each of the thick blocks (that rested on the eight pillars), serve?
2. ... the Shulchanos that stood between the pillars?
(c) Why were these tables made of marble and not of gold?
(a) Where was the Kiyor located?
(b) How wide was the area of Bein ha'Ulam ve'la'Mizbe'ach?
(c) How many steps led up to the Ulam?
(a) What was the ...
1. ... height of each step?
2. ... width of most of the steps?
(b) Which steps were three Amos wide?
(c) How wide was the top step?
(d) When the Tana says 'Amah Amah ve'Rovad Shalosh', what does 'Rovad' mean?
(a) Given that there were nineteen Amos from the first step up to the Ulam, how many Amos were there between the Mizbe'ach and the first step leading to the Ulam?
(b) What does Rebbi Yehudah say about the top step?
(c) What is their bone of contention?
(a) We have already learned that the entrance to the Ulam was forty Amos high and twenty Amos wide. What were the five Maltera'os that rested on top of it, one on top of the other? What sort of wood were they made out of?
(b) If the bottom beam was twenty-two Amos long, how long was each subsequent beam?
(c) What did they place between the beams?
(a) What was the purpose of ...
1. ... the beams that stretched from the entrance of the Heichal and the entrance of the Ulam?
2. ... the golden ropes that hung from the ceiling of the Ulam?
3. ... the golden vine that stood at the entrance of the Heichal?
(b) Over what was the vine draped?
(c) What does Rebbi Eliezer b'Rebbi Tzadok say about that? How many Kohanim were required to remove the golden ornaments that were hanging on it?
(d) What did Chazal comment on Rebbi Eliezer b'Rebbi Tzadok statement?
Hadran Alach 'ha'Mizbe'ach Hayah'
Perek Pischo Shel Heichal
(a) In what way did the section of wall covered by the inner doors when they were open, differ from the rest of the walls of the Heichal?
(b) Rebbi Yehudah disagrees with the Tana Kama in three points, though he agrees with him regarding the size of the doors. According to him ...
1. ... how far from the outer edge of the entrance were both sets of doors fitted?
2. ... how much space did each door take east to west, along the inside of the entrance, when the doors were closed?
(c) Seeing as each door was five Amos wide (as we explained), how is this last statement possible?
(d) And he compares it to a sort of 'Itztarmitah'. What is an 'Itztarmitah'?
(e) Rebbi Yehudah learns this from the Pasuk in Yechezkel "u'Shetayim Dalsos le'Dalsos, Shetayim Musabos Dalsos ... ". How does he translate the latter phrase?
(a) We already discussed in Tamid, the two Pishpeshin, and how the Kohen entered the Heichal each morning to open the doors of the Heichal according to the Tana Kama. From where did he open the doors of the Heichal, according to ...
1. ... the Tana Kama?
2. ... Rebbi Yehudah?