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 27:17
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27:18 The length of the enclosure shall be 100 cubits, and its width shall be 50 cubits. [The pillars holding the hangings] of twined linen shall be 5 cubits high, and their bases shall be made of copper.
Orech hechatser me'ah va'amah verochav chamishim bachamishim vekomah chamesh amot shesh moshezar ve'adneyhem nechoshet.
27:19 All the equipment used to make the tabernacle shall be made out of copper. The stakes [for the tabernacle itself], and all the stakes for the enclosure shall also be made of copper.
Lechol kley haMishkan bechol avodato vechol-yetedotav vechol-yitdot hechatser nechoshet.



Commentary:

50 cubits
  Literally, '50 x 50 cubits.' Some say that this indicates that the open space in front of the Tabernacle was 50 x 50 cubits (Rashi).

5 cubits
  7 1/2 feet. This was the width of the hangings, and the height of the poles holding them (Rashi; Josephus). There is another opinion that they were 5 cubits taller than the tabernacle, and therefore a total of 15 cubits (22 1/2') high (Zevachim 59b, 60a; Maaseh Choshev 5:2; see Exodus 38:14).

stakes
  The bottoms of the curtains were tied to these stakes with ropes so that they would not blow in the wind (Bareitha 5; Rashi; Rashbam; Chizzkuni). Other sources indicate that ropes were attached to these pegs or stakes, and tied to the upper ends of the beams to prevent them from swaying in the wind (Josephus 3:6:2).





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