The Outer Mizbe’ach

the outer mizbeach copy

There were two Mizbe’chos (Altars) in The Mishkan (Tabernacle). The Outer Mizbe’ach is five amos (cubits) long (see A), five amos wide (see B), and three amos high (see C) [Shemos (Exodus) 38:1]. Rabbi Yehudah takes these measurements literally. Rabbi Yose says that the Outer Mizbe’ach is actually twice as high as it is long [Rashi on Shemos 27:1]. What is the difference in heights between the two opinions?


By Rabbi Yehudah C = 3 amos

By Rabbi Yose C = 2A = 10 amos

The difference is 10 – 3 = 7 amos



the outer mizbeach copy