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Were handicapped people refused entrance to the Holy Temple?

by Rabbi Moshe Miller

  

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No! Handicapped people were certainly not refused entrace to the Holy Temple. Certain handicaps prevented a Kohen from performing certain aspects of the Temple Service, but he was not barred from all types of service. And, as aforementioned, this only applied to a Kohen and only as regards certain aspects of the Temple Service. All other Jews did not have these restrictions.

See Leviticus 21:17-21; Maimonides' Mishneh Torah Hilchot Bi'yat HaMikdash ch. 6


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Torah
Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Maimonides
Moses son of Maimon, born in Spain in 1135, died in Egypt in 1204. Noted philosopher and authority on Jewish law. Also was an accomplished physician and was the personal doctor for members of the Egyptian royalty. Interred in Tiberius, Israel.
Leviticus
The third of the Five Books of Moses. This book deals with the service (of the Levite Tribe) in the Tabernacle, and contains many of the 613 commandments.
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.