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Mishna, Tamid chapter 3, in a loose translation:

Those who merited removing the ashes from the inner altar and the candelabrum would precede. They had four tools in their hands: the basket, the pitcher, and two keys.… [They used the keys to open the doors of the main room of the Temple, and entered. Then] the one who merited removing the ashes from the inner altar entered, took the basket, put it before him, and would take handfuls and place them in it; at the end, he swept the rest into it. He left it there and exited. [And the candelabrum person did his job with the pitcher.]

On "he swept the rest into it", Tif'eres Yisrael (73) says:

… he swept the ashes into the basket with a broom.

Where'd he get the broom from?

I can think of a few possibilities, and wonder which of them is true if any, or what the true explanation is:

  1. He carried it in with him, but it was unimportant and so unlisted among the tools brought in.
  2. He carried it in with him, but in the basket rather than directly in his hand, so it was unlisted among the tools brought in "in their hands".
  3. It was stored near the altar.
  • I do not find nothing! – kouty May 15 '16 at 14:25
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    You could also ask where his buddy got the wicks from for the menorah. Fascinating question. – Danny Schoemann Feb 22 '18 at 12:29
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    Note that the Mishna and the Rambam do not mention anything about a broom... where did the Tif'eres Yisrael get that from? Maybe from the word מְכַבֵּד – Danny Schoemann Feb 22 '18 at 12:34

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