Certain Biblical paragraphs are stated in a Theme-Development form.
In other words a broad general idea is stated first followed by the development
of this broad general theme in specific details.
The Theme-Detail form creates a unified paragraph.
Today's example illustrates
this as shown below.
Biblical verses Ex25-12
discussing the construction of the Temple
Ark carrying rings states
And they shall make an ark of acacia-wood:....
- General: And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it,
and put them in the four feet thereof;
- Detail: [with] two [of the 4] rings on one side of it,
- Detail: and [with] the other two [of the 4 ] rings on the other side of it.
Rashi's comments have been placed in brackets. Rashi explicitly states
The two subordinate clauses in the detail verses are explanations and
clarifictions of the main sentence in the general verse. That is the verse is read
as indicated: You will make 4 rings...with 2 on one side and 2 on the other.
The Ark symbolizes the Torah which resided in it. The Ark symbolism
teaches us valuable points about learning. Here there is emphasis
that if we have 4 hours of learning a week we should not focus
on one side of Jewish law but rather be multi-faceted, 2 sided, with
our time resources. For example we should devote equal amounts
of time to God-Man and Man-Man laws.