Thursday, February 29, 2024

Yoma 66b – 68b: Women of the Wool

R’ Eliezer mentions that women are especially gifted when it comes to working with wool. In the Mishkan they expressed this talent by spinning and weaving the various panels that made up the structure, and in the Beis Hamikdash they wove the curtains for the gates and the Heychal Building.

Thursday, February 22, 2024

Yoma 64a – 66a: The Half-Shekel Donation

Located within the Azarah were thirteen collection boxes, called shofaros on account of their long, curved necks which resembled a shofar. They were used to collect funds for the following purposes:

Friday, February 16, 2024

The Terry Elan Memorial Lecture 2024: Beis Hamikdash Underground

To mark my father's yahrtzeit on 29 Shevat I delivered a new slideshow titled Beis Hamikdash Underground: The secret — and not-so-secret — architecture beneath the Second Beis Hamikdash.

Thursday, February 15, 2024

Yoma 61b – 63b: The Second Ring

The Gemara states that the two daily Tamid-offerings must be slaughtered “facing the sun,” that is, in a place on the Azarah floor that will be lit by the rays of the sun and not remain in shadow.

Thursday, February 8, 2024

Yoma 59a – 61a: Purification of the Metzora

When a metzora came to the Beis Hamikdash at the end of his period of tumah, one step in his purification procedure was to immerse in the mikveh located in the Chamber of the Metzoraim

Thursday, February 1, 2024

Preview of the Terry Elan Memorial Lecture 2024

On Sunday, February 11, 2024, I will be delivering a lecture in memory of my father IYH. The title is Beis Hamikdash Underground: The secret — and not-so-secret — architecture beneath the second Beis Hamikdash

Yoma 56b – 58b: The Amas Hamayim and the Yam Shel Shlomo

On the southwestern corner of the Yesod of the Outer Mizbeyach were two round depressions with small holes at the bottom that served as drains. These two drains were situated diagonally opposite each other, with one to the southeast and the other to the northwest of that corner (see illustration). After the zerikah was completed, the blood which remained in the mizrak was poured onto the Yesod. Certain korbanos (including some of the Yom Kippur korbanos) had their leftover blood poured onto the western portion of the Yesod where a small lip along this edge of the Yesod directed the blood into the northwestern drain. Other offerings had their blood poured onto the southern part of the Yesod and this blood flowed into the southeastern drain.