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Spare Some Change: Understanding Sacrifices

Waiting outside my friend’s house one Saturday night, I met his father coming home from Shul. “Are you waiting for someone?” he kindly...

What gifts were given by the Israelites to the Kohanim and Levites?

“The Levitic Kohanim, the entire tribe of Levi, shall have no portion or inheritance with Israel… the L-rd is his inheritance.”1 The...

Who decided which Kohen served in the Temple on any given day?

Moses divided the Kohanic families into eight rotating shifts (“mishmarot”), each shift serving in the Tabernacle for a one-week...

When do the Kohanim administer the Priestly Blessing?

• In Jerusalem, the Birchat Kohanim rite is performed every morning. On days when the Musaf service is recited, the Birchat Kohanim is performed...

Can you give me some basic info about the Ark which contained the Tablets?

– The ark was actually comprised of three open-topped boxes, two made of gold and one made of acacia wood. The wooden box was placed within the...

Why don't we sacrifice animals anymore?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind? Sam: shalom Rabbi Shlomo Chein: hi there Sam: why dont we...

Is it permitted to visit the inside of the Temple Mount?

Since the Divine Presence is still present on the Temple Mount and the Temple area, all the laws prohibiting the ritually impure from accessing the Temple...

What purfication was required to enter the Temple?

Rabbi Latowicz: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment... Paul: entering the temple Paul: what was the purfication required to enter the temple Rabbi...

What is the significance of animal sacrifices?

Rabbi Freeman: Thanks for stopping by! What's on your mind? Jus'wondering: Please explain all this business about animal sacrifices in the Temple....

What is a Simchat Beit Hashoeva?

When sacrifices were offered in the Holy Temple, there was also a special pouring of wine and oil at the altar. On Sukkot there was also a special ceremony...