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According to the Mishna (Sotah 9:12), the Shamir wasn't extinct until the destruction of the second Beis Hamikdash. ט:יב משמתו נביאים הראשונים, בטלו אורים ותומים. משחרב בית המקדש, בטל השמיר ונופת צופים; Incidentally, there is no mention of the Shamir in Rambam. Ever the rationalist, Rambam doesn't believe in demons (which were associated with the Shamir). ...


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Although the verse in Exodus (20:22) doesnt specify the type of metal used to cut the mizbeach, the verse in Deuteronomy (27:5) writes specifically that iron is prohibited. This is similarly implied by the verse in I Kings (6:7) "When the Temple was being built it was built of complete quarried stone; hammers, chisels, or any iron utensils were not heard in ...


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The extra blood after each sacrifice was poured at the base of the altar (if it was considered Shirayim, leftover) or the Amah - a channel which led out of the courtyard (if the blood's status is dichuy, invalid to be poured on the base). This is from the Talmud, Zevachim 34b. The leftover blood which was poured out flowed to Nachal Kidron, and was redeemed ...


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I think it means that they cried because they saw that the building was going to be smaller than the Temple that Shlomo HaMelech built, which is something that you can see from the size of the foundation. See Rashi, 3:12 sv זה הבית: כשהיו רואין בניין בית זה היו בוכין מתוך שהיו זוכרים אותו בניין גדול של בית ראשון When they saw the construction of ...


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This is discussed in Mishna Chagiga 3:8. As seen below, most keilim could become tamei, at which point they would be subject to same purification process as a person -- sprinkling of ashes and mikvah. כיצד מעבירים על טהרת עזרה, מטבילין את הכלים שהיו במקדש, ואומרין להם, הזהרו שלא תגעו בשלחן (ובמנורה) ותטמאוהו . כל הכלים שהיו במקדש, יש להם שניים ...


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Per this article, this is based on Rashi, whose source is Midrash Tanchuma, Pekudei, sec. 11.


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The Rambam in Sefer haMitzvos says in מצוה עח: שהזהיר לכל טמא להכנס תוך מחנה לוייה שכמוהו לדורות הר הבית That the Torah commands us not to go into the Levite camp if one is impure, which corresponds to Har Habayit in our times. So here we seem to have a source. The Rambam refers to the Mishna in כלים Mishna 1:8 as his source. There it says: הַר ...


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The Ramchal in Da'as Tevunos (Simanim 40 and 142) understands this to be a symptom of the hester panim, the hiding of Hashem's presence, that coincided (resulted?) from the destruction of the Beis HaMikdosh. It is an expression of the relationship between the general quality of life in the world and the expression of Hashem's presence in the world. When ...


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There's a really great website called: http://kehuna.org/ that contains a lot of materials online. There is another organisation in Israel called the Temple Institute http://www.templeinstitute.org/ They are extremely right wing, and regularly promote Jews going to pray on the Temple Mount, which most Rabbanim don't allow. They have prepared many Kelim for ...


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Sukka (49a-b) describes this and mentions that the young Kohanim would clear out the congealed wine from the shitin (a large cavern beneath the altar, into which the libations would run, see Rashi 49a s.v. שיתין) every 70 years. In a b'raisa, Rabbi El'azar bar Tzadok describes the "congealed wine" as "similar in form to cakes of pressed figs": אמר רבה בר ...


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Good try, but no, not that washing. In the late Second Temple period, it became common practice for most Jews, even non-kohanim, to try to keep all food as non-tamei as possible, as if it were terumah or a sacrifice. (Terumah -- not just bread, but even wine or oil -- would require hand-washing before consumption.) Thus, they would wash before any ...


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A few of the sources are: Zohar based on Chagai 2:9 גָּדוֹל יִהְיֶה כְּבוֹד הַבַּיִת הַזֶּה הָאַחֲרוֹן, מִן-הָרִאשׁוֹן says that the third Bais haMikdash will be built by Hashem. Yalkut Shimoni Tehilim 848 on Tehilim 93:5 עֵדֹתֶיךָ, נֶאֶמְנוּ מְאֹד--לְבֵיתְךָ נַאֲוָה-קֹדֶשׁ: ה', לְאֹרֶךְ יָמִים explains that when the house of Hashem will be built by ...


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Nice question. To me it seems that to begin with, the whole concept of having a system wherein people compete to "win" a mitzva opportunity is a tricky matter. If indeed everyone's intention is pure about it, i.e. all participants genuinely want to fulfill Hashem's mitzvah for it's sake, and competing is but a means to express that desire, then fine. But ...


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There are actually three different years found in Jewish sources for the destruction of the second Holy Temple in Jerusalem: 3828 / 68 CE 3829 / 69 CE 3830 / 70 CE This discrepancy is based on a number of factors. For more on that see: ...


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According to this source, it may be a moot point. While Rambam claims that the Third Temple will be built by Moshiach, Rashi states that Hashem has already built the Temple in the heavenly realm and it will descend to earth upon arrival of Messiah. I recall hearing somewhere that the Temple will be made of some form of impermeable metal, suggesting it will ...


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The Temple Institute (מכון המקדש) is a Jerusalem-based organization whose goal is to build the Third Temple. As such, they have invested serious money into planning. (A visit to the visitor's center is well worth it, from experience. And it got even better since i was there a few years ago.) They already have the kohanim's clothes, k'toret (incense), and ...


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The Gemoro (Yoma 22a) answers your question: והא מעיקרא מאי טעמא לא תקינו לה רבנן פייסא? מעיקרא סבור כיון דעבודת לילה היא לא חשיבא להו ולא אתו. כיון דחזו דקאתו ואתו לידי סכנה תקינו לה פייסא. ‏ Asks the Gemoro: So why didn't they do Pias originally (for who would do Trumas Hadeshen)? Answers the Gemoro: Originally they assumed that since it was ...


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Exodus Rabah 51:3, (third paragraph in your link) מהו משכן שני פעמים א"ר שמואל בר מרתא שנתמשכן שני פעמים על ידיהם זהו שאנשי כנסת הגדולה אומרים (נחמיה א) חבול חבלנו לך ולא שמרנו את המצות ואת החוקים ואת המשפטים מהו חבול חבלנו לך הוי שנתמשכן ב' פעמים ואין חבול אלא משכון שנאמר (דברים כד) לא יחבול רחים ורכב לכך כתיב אלה פקודי המשכן משכן העדות ב' ...


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Rashi (Sukkah 41a "I nami") says that the third temple will come down built from heaven.


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First of all, to clarify what the question is/should be, there's no obligation to wear tzitzis under normal circumstances, unless one is wearing a four cornered garment. Hence, the fact that tzitzis aren't in the list of clothing is not a problem; they aren't commanded in wearing an extra garment to put on tzitzis, just as no Jew is obligated (strictly ...


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Your question is discussed in אהלי שם - המקדש - משניות תמיד, מידות He points out that according to Harav Noeh the distance is 38.4 km. The Meleches Shlomo says that hearing the sound of the great gate opening and the ability to smell the ketores were miraculous. The Tiferes Yisroel can see no point in a miracle and therefore concludes that it must have ...


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It can't possibly be referring to the supervisor's a walking stick, as you may not bring a walking stick into the Har haBayit, as we learn in Brachot (Mishna 9:5): לֹא יִכָּנֵס לְהַר הַבַּיִת בְּמַקְלוֹ Add a third Mishna and you have a solution. Makos Ch. 3:12-13 describes that when giving Malkus (the 39 lashes), the instrument used had a handle 1 ...


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Tamid 27a states explicitly that the leviim guarded on the outside so they could sit down.


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You're probably looking for the bottom of 49a.


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Rashash and Sfas Emes answer the qustion of the Bach and explain that when Rashi says that (as he explained earlier) there was an commandment to put two blocks of wood on the altar in the morning and the afternoon, he meant that in the time of Shimon Hatzadick, there was no need to put any other wood on the altar. This is one of the miracles that continued ...


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For a start, where would you build the Mizbeach? The Rambam in הלכות בית הבחירה - פרק שני says it has to be exactly in its correct place, and has to be of precise measurements. Since we don't have a prophet to show us where to build the Mizbeach, why would we bother? א הַמִּזְבֵחַ מְקוֹמוֹ מְכֻוָּן בְּיוֹתֵר. וְאֵין מְשַׁנִּין אוֹתוֹ מִמְּקוֹמוֹ ...


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In short: there isn't, or at least, not sufficient evidence. The author of the article quoted in the question seems to misunderstand the sources he quotes. While it may be true that the Rashbam interpreted verse in question (Genesis 1:5) in a way that implies that night follows the day, he is in no way making a legal statement, and as he himself says ...


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According to Mishneh Torah Erechin V'Charamin 6:1, הקדש goes to the Temple treasury by default, but חרם goes to the Kohanim by default unless the person consecrating it specifies that it is to go to the temple treasury. This is based on Numbers 18:14 which gives "All cherem in Israel" to the Kohanim.


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I once heard this question asked at an Arachim function. The answer given was that although Koresh had the utensils returned, not all of them made it back and therefore Achashveirosh used the ones that he still had. I have not seen a written source for this though.



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