2

The Gemorah .זבחים כה says that the Cohen receiving the blood of a korbon must catch all the blood. That is the Dam HaNefesh - the blood flowing out of the neck.

Assuming the average cow has around 10 gallons of blood, and assuming it must lose around 25% of it to die, the Mizrak would have to be at least 2.5 gallons. This is not what I pictured, considering also that the Cohen holds it with only one hand.

Does anyone know of a source for the size of a Mizrak used in the Beis Ha'Mikdash?

  • 4
    How do you know dam hanefesh is 25% of a cow's total blood? – Loewian Jun 18 '18 at 4:24
4

The Talmud, also in Zevachim later on (97b), identifies the biblical 'mizrak' with the 'agan' (אגן); see also Ex. 24:6. Elsewhere in the Talmud (Ber. 22a), the agan is depicted as a tub that can contain enough water to bathe in (9 kav; aprox. 3 gallons). (In biblical descriptions they are both typically used to illustrate large, excessive/exaggerated quantities (e.g. the former Amos 6:6; the latter Cant. 7:3).)

Furthermore, a midrash (BR 13:14) equates the volume of the ka'arah and the mizrak, in which the former symbolically contained the ocean and the latter contained dry land (both an illustration of great quantity).

You must log in to answer this question.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged .