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A Tour of the Temple

An understanding of the layout of the Temple is critical to comprehend how the Temple functioned. Three ingredients necessary in all structures on the Temple Mount. These are: that the structure is commanded or mentioned in scripture, is according to the halachah (Jewish law or more specifically how a commandment is performed), and is functional. Discovering the function of a ... Read More »

The Leviim and the Administration of the Temple

The Holy Temple is the Throne of Hashem on the earth, it is the Eye of the Universe and much more. The Temple is a place of miracles and manifestations of the might of the Holy One. All of this is true, yet the Temple was a place that functioned. Just as a Doctor learns how the human body functions ... Read More »

The Sh’tai haLechem

During the Festival of Shavuot a special bread offering known as the Sh'tai haLechem. `The priest shall wave them with the bread of the firstfruits as a wave offering before the LORD, with the two lambs. They shall be holy to the LORD for the priest. (Lev 23:20 NKJ). These two loaves were of a peculiar shape and are unique ... Read More »

The Levitical Choir and Songs

Within the Temple the music was assigned to the domain of certain Levitical families as described in I Chronicles 9 and supporting information found in the Mishnah, Tosefta and both editions of the Talmud. Within the Levitical families that supplied the music there were two groupings, those that played musical instruments and those that sang. Beneath the Ezrat Yisrael (Court ... Read More »

A Day in the Temple

These are some of the pictures, and diagrams to help in your understanding of the services of a day. There were three major courtyards, the Outer Court or Rehov, two major Inner Courts surrounded by a low stone wall known as the Soreg. Within the Soreg were steps leading up to a platform that surrounded the Inner Courtyards known as ... Read More »