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Choshen (the breastplate)

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Choshen (the breastplate): the breastplate worn by the High Priest containing twelve precious stones inscribed with the names of the twelve tribes of Israel
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The High Priest’s Breastplate When describing the High Priest’s breastplate, the Torah states:Shmos 28:30. “And you shall place the urim vetumim within the breastplate of judgment.” From the construction of the sanctu­ary until the destruction of the Firs...
The urim denotes its brilliant awareness of its Divine source and its fiery yearning to dissolve in it. The tumim denotes its wholehearted sincerity and thorough devotion to fulfill the commandments.
Negative Commandment 87
The 87th prohibition is that we are forbidden from separating the breastplate [of the kohen gadol] from the ephod. The source of this prohibition is G‑d's statement Ex. 28:28. (exalted be He), "Do not separate the breastplate from the ephod" — instead, le...
Where the Holy Ark is Located Today The Rambam begins the fourth chapter of Hilchos Beis HaBechirah with the following statements: There was a stone in the western portion of the Holy of Holies on which the ark was placed. The Even HaShtiah, the foundatio...
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