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It is forbidden to pray in the presence of excrement. (See here for one source.)

Numerous animals were brought for sacrifices in the Temple (Bet Hamikdash.) Prior to slaughter, some animal probably excreted, or smelled from excrement, I assume. Prayers were also recited in the Temple.

Did they recite these prayers in a separate time and / or separate area as the sacrifices themselves or in an area far away from the animal smell? How were the prayers done in the Temple in a way that did not conflict with the aforementioned halacha?

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    (Supporting your idea that animals probably defected is the fact that for that reason the animal had its rear end away from the altar during slaughter.) – msh210 Oct 26 '16 at 6:27
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    The same issue applies to any blessing in a slaughterhouse, not just the temple. See ShA YD 19:1 – Double AA Oct 26 '16 at 14:38
  • @msh210 Can you provide a source for that? And why should the animals' rear ends point away from the altar versus the heichal or another part of the temple? – HaLailah HaZeh Feb 20 '17 at 15:50
  • @HaLailahHaZeh that its rear end was away from the altar is in mishnayos Tamid, at the beginning of chapter 4, and the reason I mention is in commentaries thereon. As to why it should point away from the altar as opposed to anywhere else, I don't know. Maybe commentaries there discuss that also. You can ask, of course. – msh210 Feb 20 '17 at 16:48

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