“And they shall make an ark of shittim wood: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof, and a cubit and a half the height thereof.”
Exodus 25:10 KJV
“ועשו ארון עצי שטים אמתים וחצי ארכו ואמה וחצי רחבו ואמה וחצי קמתו”
“They shall make an Ark 2 1/2 cubits in length, 1 1/2 cubits in width, and 1 1/2 cubits in height.” (25:10)
QUESTION: Why did all the measurements of the Ark include fractions?
ANSWER: The Ark, which contained in it the Tablets, represents Torah study. The measurements teach that people who learn Torah must always bear in mind that regardless of how much they learn, they do not master it all. The extent of their knowledge is only a fraction of the vast teachings and depth of the Torah.
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It is also for this reason that the first page of every Gemara is daf beit (folio 2) and not daf alef (folio 1). This reminds the Torah student not to arrogantly think that he has mastered it, for he still lacks knowledge of the first page.
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