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Are copies of the Temple's keilim assur behanaah?

The Talmud in Masechet Avodah Zarah 43a states Jews are forbidden from making replicas of items of the Temple. My question is: once a replica has been created, is it prohibited to derive any benefit ...
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Were there those who believed that the Hasmonean dynasty was messianic?

The majority branches of Judaism believes that the Messiah must be from the line of David. But were there other sectarian points of view? In particular, I am interested in the opinion about the ...
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Korban for Purim

Being that the second Beis Hamikdash was built after (and possibly as a result of) the story of Purim, why was there not a specific (or general) korban that was brought in remembrance, or in thanks ...
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How long did Ahashverosh stop the construction of the temple before Koresh?

What happened to King Achashverosh? Here they say that he stopped the temple from being built. How long did he stop it for? Before Koresh started it Thx
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Why didn't ben-Qattin redesign the Kiyor to have more than 12 spigots?

In Yoma 37a and Zebhahim 20a we learn that: בן קטין עשה שנים עשר דד לכיור אף הוא עשה מוכני לכיור שלא יהיו מימיו נפסלין בלינה Ben-Qattin made twelve spouts for the laver; he also made wheels [pulleys] ...
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Golden Altar Name

Seemingly, the root (שרש) of מזבח is "זבח". The word זבח means sacrifices composed of animals. Therefore, how some the מזבח הזהב was called מזבח if there were no animal sacrifices offered ...
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How many times was the mitzvah of " עָשׂוּ לִי מִקְדָּשׁ - Make for me a Sanctuary" fulfilled?

In a sefer Haycha Timtzah, which received Haskamos from the likes of HaRav Moshe Feinstein, he asks the following riddle. Riddle: Where do we find one of the 613 Mitzvos that was fulfilled only 6 ...
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Mikdash without Aron according to Ramban

Rambam holds that the main purpose of the Mikdash is for avodah etc even subsuming the service keilim under ועשו לי מקדש etc. The Aron—as a non service vessel—is conspicuously absent from hilchos beis ...
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I heard that some Moroccan Taamim and/or Piyoutim originate from the zemirot/songs of the Leviim in the Beit Hamikdash. Are there Torah Sources?

I heard that some Moroccan Taamim and/or Piyoutim originate from the zemirot/songs of the Leviim in the Beit Hamikdash. Are there Torah Sources? I heard that the Hida wrote that there is a link ...
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Are minors allowed to offer korbanot or meal offerings

According to Halacha, when the temple in Jerusalem is standing, can minor Jews (under bar mitzvah age) offer meal offerings or korbanot? Or can they only come from Jews over bar mitzvah age?
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Why are Haman's ten sons mentioned in the megillah

The reasons given for the death of Haman's ten sons is their active role in halting the construction of the beis hamikdash (this is one of many midrashic sources) My question is why was it necessary ...
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What is the procedure in the temple if the menorah lights burned for more than 24 hours?

One of the forms of service in the temple was preparing and lighting the candles each new day. I would like to know what a kohen was supposed to do if he found that the flame in the menorah was ...
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Approximately how many Jews would make the pilgrimage for aliyas l'regel during its height? How large of a gathering was it?

I've seen some writers talk about the rally in D.C. being the largest single gathering of Jews since Sinai. I would think that is not accurate in that, at the very least, we may have had greater ...
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Rosh Chodesh - importance in history?

In the Wikipedia article on Rosh Chodesh it says that historically it had much more importance, why did it change? Do Rabbinic sources or commentators attest to this? Is there evidence during the ...
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Choir in synagogues

Following the churban, were there any shuls that continued implementing a Choir after we were exiled? If so does the choir therefore have to be leviim?
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Is it still galut even though a lot of Jews are in Israel

BH Is it still galut even though correct me if I’m wrong most Jews are in Israel? If yes what’s the meaning of Geulah?
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Minimum number of Kohanim and Leviim

When the Beit hamikdash (temple in Jerusalem exists), and the sacrifices etc. all happen, is there a minimum number of kohanim and leviim obligated to serve in the temple? If so what, and what is the ...
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If Rome release the vessels from the Beit Hamikdash to Israel, what is the procedure?

If Rome calls up the Ministry of Tradition in Israel and says they want to return the vessels they have from the Beit Hamikdash, including the Menorah, what would be the halachic considerations for ...
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Lulav in the Mikdash vs Lulav elsewhere

The verse in Vayikra 23,40 states: וּלְקַחְתֶּ֨ם לָכֶ֜ם בַּיּ֣וֹם הָרִאשׁ֗וֹן פְּרִ֨י עֵ֤ץ הָדָר֙ כַּפֹּ֣ת תְּמָרִ֔ים וַעֲנַ֥ף עֵץ־עָבֹ֖ת וְעַרְבֵי־נָ֑חַל וּשְׂמַחְתֶּ֗ם לִפְנֵ֛י יְהֹוָ֥ה אֱלֹהֵיכֶ֖ם ...
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What would distance measurements in the Holy of Holies have been

The Gemara (Yoma 21a) says: But didn’t Rabbi Levi say that this matter is a tradition that we received from our ancestors: The place of the Ark of the Covenant is not included in the measurement of ...
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Are there any primary sources discussing the feeling of being near Shekhinah in the Holy Temple?

I think that maybe Philo of Alexandria was one, but that's just a guess from me, and I don't think his writings are that direct. I'm essentially looking for a first-hand extra-Tanakhic source of ...
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How can we use cedar wood for the Beis Hamikdosh?

We know that some of the Beis Hamikdosh was built with ארז aka cedar wood. But how does this fit with the statement in Taanis that we should strive to be as pliant as a reed and not as firm as a cedar?...
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Weapons in the Beis Hamikdash

Would it be permitted for one to enter the Bais Hamikdash carrying a weapon (for example, a gun)? Would it make a difference if it were open vs. concealed carry?
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What was Torah study like before the Mishnah and Talmud were transcribed?

Most of the study time in modern yeshivos seems to be devoted to studying from material which has gained physical/written form over the last 1900 years. (Mishnah, Talmud, Halachah, Mussar, ...
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Was there peace during the times of the first and second beis hamikdash

During the times of the beis mikdash the nations of the world would bring peace offerings. Was there peace during those times throughout out the nations?
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How will we invite the Shekhinah?

Is there a tradition brought down about what we will do to invite the Shekhinah to rest once we have completed and inaugurate the Bayt Hamikdash?
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Was there an alert system in place in the Mikdash for cases of an invalid shechita creating tum'as neveila?

Was there a טומאה alert/lockdown system in the מקדש mentioned in Shas or anywhere else? Each בהמה that was sacrificed would carry an inherent risk of טומאת נבלה if something went wrong with the ...
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Maps/blueprints of the interior of the Temple Mount

I am looking for resources that have maps and/or blueprints of the interior of the Temple Mount. For example, showing the various tunnel systems, stairs, gates, chambers, etc. I would even appreciate ...
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The sections of the camp of B'nei Yisrael as a reference to the Temple Mount

The Rambam (Mishneh Torah, Beis HaBechirah, chapter 7, halacha 11) writes:" The [encampment of the Jewish people] in the desert [ was divided into] three areas: the camp of Israel, which was ...
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Connection between the fall of Jericho and Sukkoth

Regarding the haqafoth (circumabulations) performed on Sukkoth around the mizbeah (altar), the Yerushalmi (Sukkah 4:3) records the following: אותו היום מקיפין את המזבח שבע פעמים. א"ר אחא זכר ...
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Circumambulations around the Temple altar

The Mishnah records the following ritual having been performed in the Temple on Sukkoth (Sukkah 4:5): בכל יום מקיפין את המזבח פעם אחת ואומרין אנא ה' הושיעה נא אנא ה' הושיעה נא רבי יהודה אומר אני והוא ...
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The curse of King Darius

In sefer Ezra 6:11 it tells us that King Darius decreed that anyone who attempted to disrupt the resumed construction of the beis hamikdash would have a beam removed from their home and they would be ...
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Haman's gallow came from the kodesh hakodashim

Although there are a number of sources of where Haman had found a beam 50 cubits tall to use as a gallows, some say it was a beam from the teyva, some say it was a thorny tree etc but, there is an ...
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Where King Achashverosh got the priestly vestments

Springboarding off a previous question asked here: Where did King Achashverosh get the clothing of the Kohen Gadol? The same can be asked about the utensils from the Beis Hamikdash, which were used ...
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Did King Achashverosh wear the Kohen Gadol clothing?

I have heard about King Achashverosh having the kelim from the beis hamikdash at his feast. I am looking for more information regarding Achashverosh wearing the clothing of the kohen gadol at his ...
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How was Purim celebrated in the Beis Hamikdash - with Korbanos?

Being that the story of Purim took place during a pause of the construction of Bayis Sheni, and construction was resumed by Cyrus (child of Esther and Achashverosh) it is understood that Purim was ...
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Assuming the status of a Beit Knesset or Beit Medrash

I heard Beit HaKnessiot and Medrashot have certain laws like you can't eat or sleep inside a Beit Knesset, for example, and others for Beit Medrash. Now I heard our synagogue is like a Beit HaMedrash ...
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What was the weight of the Aron? [duplicate]

The exact weight of the ark is impossible to determine since there are different views on the measurements and the thickness of the materials in the Mishkan. I am interested in finding sources or ...
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Is the Pidyon haben a debt with the Beit Hamikdash?

Is the Pidyon haben done to exempt the firstborn from his original duties to the Beit Hamikdash? I heard that, since Hashem saved the Jewish firstborns from the Makat Bechorot, when they also should ...
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Meaning of Sotah 48b - '...irons chariots ceased...'

Sotah 48b states as follows: 'Rabbi Ami says: From the time when the First Temple was destroyed, shiny [peranda] silk [shira] and white glass ceased to exist. This is also taught in a baraita: From ...
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The Shamir vs Bronze/Flint tools

We are told that "there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron heard in the house, while it was in building" The go-to explanations tend to be fantastical things like use of the ...
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Moshe taught Aharon the services of the Mishkan

I heard that Moshe Rabeinu taught Aharon Hacohen and his sons how to perform the services of the Mishkan during the first seven days after it's inauguration. Is this correct? If so, where is it ...
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Animal offerings as philanthropic gifts when the Holy Temple (Beit HaMikdash) returns?

When the Beit HaMikdash returns, and animal offerings are reinstituted, will one be able to, in accordance w/ halakha, brand his sacrifice with his (or his family's) name on it, similar to the way ...
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Permanent fire on the external altar - provisions for rain

The Torah says (Vayikra 6:6): אֵ֗שׁ תָּמִ֛יד תּוּקַ֥ד עַל־הַמִּזְבֵּ֖חַ לֹ֥א תִכְבֶּֽה׃ A perpetual fire shall be kept burning on the altar, not to go out. Rashi brings the Gemara in Yoma 45a which ...
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Remembrance from the First temple

I read that the destruction of the first Beis Hamikdash was so thorough that there were no physical remains from the structure. This is not clear from the passukim in vayikra. Does anyone have a ...
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Does treating a cohen's blemish permit him to serve?

The Rambam lists 140 blemishes that invalidate a cohen from serving (Hilchot Biyat Mikdash, perek 8). There are some that appear to be genetic traits that cannot be (easily) treated without extensive ...
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The kotel and the Beis HaMikdosh now

There are some floorplans of the inside of the Beis HaMikdosh, for example in the first edition of the ArtScroll gemara Yoma. However, I am looking for a (sefer) picture that describes the exact ...
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Was Daniel 9:26 ever officially understood as meaning that the second temple would be destroyed after Messiah's coming?

Daniel 9:26 says that And after the threescore and two weeks shall an anointed one be cut off, and be no more; and the people of a prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; but ...
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How did temple priests and visitors go about relieving themselves without desecrating the sanctity of the Beit Hamikdash?

Judaism has very strict rules around human waste and separating God from such things. You may not even speak God's names within a restroom. This leads to my question regarding the temple priesthood ...
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Why don't we celebrate Cyrus' edict to grant freedom to the Jews and to erect the Second Temple?

In my understanding of history, Cyrus the Great was the person who saved Judaism from vanishing not only by granting them the freedom of worship and letting them return to the Promised Land but by ...
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