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How many High Priests were there?

In the first Holy Temple, the high priests were righteous men who were truly worthy of their positions. They merited unusual longevity, with only nine...

The Sounds of Silence

What does sound mean to you? Sound plays many roles. It is a vehicle for communication, music, and even distraction, but at its root sound is the simple...

What is a Kohen?

"Aaron was separated, to be sanctified as most holy, he and his sons forever, to burn incense before the Lord, to serve Him, and to bless in His name...

What were the duties of the Kohen Gadol?

The Kohen Gadol was required to bring a special bread sacrifice every day, and only the Kohen Gadol was allowed to perform the sacred Yom Kippur service....

How was the High Priest chosen, and what was the inaugural process?

When there was a vacancy in the position, the 71 member Sanhedrin would appoint a successor. According to the Talmud, the ideal Kohen Gadol (High Priest)...

What is a High Priest?

From amongst the Kohanim, the holy descendants of Aaron, one person was selected to serve as Kohen Gadol (High Priest). Ideally, this person was a great...

Who built the second Temple?

The Second Beit Hamikdash was built by Jewish returnees from the Persian Exile, led by the prophets Ezra, Nechemiah and Zerubavel and was completed...

Who were the "Anshei Knesset Hagedolah"; "Men of the Great Assembly"?

They were a group of 120 sages, amongst them several prophets, headed by Ezra the Scribe. Among the more prominent among them were: Mordechai of...

How many sages were the "Men of the Great Assembly"?

According to the Babylonian Talmud (Megillah 17b) there were one hundred and twenty; according to the Jerusalem Talmud (Megillah 1:8) there were eighty...

What was the story with Shimon the Tzadik and Alexander the Great?

There was a group of people living in Israel called Cutheans or Samaritans who made lots of trouble for the Jews. At one point they succeeded in...