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What are "ma'amadot"?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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The Halachah is that whenever a korban (sacrifice) was offered in the Holy Temple, the owner(s) had to be present. The problem is that every day the Kohanim offered the Tamid sacrifice which was offered on behalf of all the Jews, but, obviously, it is impossible for all the Jews to be constantly present in the Temple.

Pious Jews who were emissaries of all of Israel, would go to the Holy Temple for one week shifts and would say special prayers, representing all of the Jews by the offering of the sacrifices.
The solution to this problem is "mamadot."

There were 24 shifts of mamadot. Each mamad, which was comprised of pious Jews who were emissaries of all of Israel, would go to the Holy Temple for one week shifts and would say special prayers, representing all of the Jews by the offering of the sacrifices.


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Halachah
Jewish Law. All halachah which is applicable today is found in the Code of Jewish Law.
Kohanim
Plural form of Kohain. Priests of G-d. This title belongs to the male descendants of Aaron, brother of Moses. The primary function of the Kohain was to serve in the Holy Temple. Today the Kohain is still revered and it is his function to recite the Priestly Blessings on certain occasions.
Temple
1. Usually a reference to the Holy Temple which was/will be situated in Jerusalem. 1st Temple was built in 825 BCE and was destroyed in 423 BCE. The 2nd Temple was built in 350 BCE and was destroyed in 70 CE. The 3rd Temple will be built by the Messiah. 2. A synagogue.