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Rashi on the verse explains: "WHO SAID TO HIS FATHER AND TO HIS MOTHER, I HAVE NOT SEEN HIM — When they sinned in the matter of the golden calf and I said, “Who is on the Lord’s side, let him come to me” (Exodus 32:26), all the sons of Levi gathered themselves unto me, and I ordered them each to kill his mother’s father, he being an ordinary Israelite, or ...


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No one was allowed to enter the Sanctuary itself unless they were a Kohen who had washed his hands and feet, and only for the purposes of service (usually bringing incense or lighting the menorah). Male Israelites and Levites were permitted to enter the easternmost portion of the Temple Court (the Ezrat Yisrael) if they were completely Tahor (pure). They ...


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First of all Bamidbar 1:51talks about approaching the mishkan to perform the work of taking it down (and setting it up) which was restricted to the Leviyim. 51 When the Tabernacle is set to travel, the Levites shall dismantle it; and when the Tabernacle camps, the Levites shall erect it; any outsider [non Levite] who approaches shall be put to death. ...


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Just as the Egyptians freed their clergy from the taxes that Yoseph set up, so to the Leviim were in effect the clergy of the Bnai Yisrael. As a result, the Egyptians treated them the same way as they treated their own clergy. It was a superstition that those regarded as clergy belonged to the gods and therefore could not be forced into paying a labor tax. ...


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