Petko Nikolic Vidusa
Kitchener, Canada, 2010
SACRED CUBIT (AMAH)
Sacred Cubit = Hebrew Amah
This measurement have been preserved in the structure of the Great Pyramid and
in the Bible. The Great Pyramid was built using the Sacred Cubit, the same unit of
measure used by Noah, Moses, and King Solomon.
Sir Isaac Newton
It may be of interest, albeit of no halakhic import, to note that, based upon
Josephus' description of the circumference of the pillars of the Temple, the
renowned physicist Sir Isaac Newton postulated the length of the "sacred" cubit
to be between 24.90 and 25.02 inches as distinct from the "profane" cubit of
20.60658189 inches that he believed was the measurement employed by the
Egyptians in construction of the Great Pyramid. Newton's calculations are the
subject of his "De magnitudine cubiti sacri." An English translation of that essay
titled "A Dissertation Upon the Sacred Cubit of the Jews and the Cubit of Several
Nations: in which, from the Dimensions of the Greatest Pyramid, as taken by Mr.
John Greaves, the ancient Cubit of Memphis is determined" was published in the
Miscellaneous Works of John Greaves, Professor of Astronomy in the University
of Oxford, ed. Thomas Birch, II (London,1737),405-433."
Teshuvot Hatam Sofer* states that the length of a fingerwidth is a "zoll." Since a
biblical amah is equal to 24 fingerwidths, the length of an amah according to
Hatam Sofer equals 24 zoll.
1 zoll (Germany) = 1.03700787402 inches
24 zoll = 24.88818897648 inches (25 inches)
Amah = Sacred Cubit
Amah = Hamah = one of the three words for the Sun
* Moses Schreiber (1762 - 1839),, known to his own community and Jewish
posterity as Moshe Sofer, also known by his main work Hatam (Chasam) Sofer
(Seal of the Scribe and acronym for Chidushei Toras Moshe Sofer).
1 SACRED CUBIT = 25 INCHES = 63.5 CENTIMETERS
The distance from the Earth to the Sun = 149.