Friday, May 06, 2011

Parshat Emor

Here are the basics.

Here's a mind-blower:

יב וּמִן-הַמִּקְדָּשׁ, לֹא יֵצֵא, וְלֹא יְחַלֵּל, אֵת מִקְדַּשׁ אֱלֹהָיו: כִּי נֵזֶר שֶׁמֶן מִשְׁחַת אֱלֹהָיו, עָלָיו--אֲנִי יְהוָה.

12 neither shall he go out of the sanctuary, nor profane the sanctuary of his God; for the consecration of the anointing oil of his God is upon him: I am the LORD.

Was the Kohen Gadol (High Priest) a prisoner of the Temple?


Blogger Shira Salamone said...

My husband tells me that this verse was contextual--he believes that it referred only to a Kohen Gadol not leaving the Bet HaMikdash for a burial or other mourning practices, and did not imply that the Kohen Gadol was subject to general imprisonment in the Bet HaMikdash.

Any other thoughts/opinions/information?

Sun May 08, 01:33:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Geoffrey said...

The Saperstein Rashi has a footnote about this, saying that R' Meir says this means the KG may not be part of the funeral procession, but may follow from a distance, while R' Yehudah says the KG may not leave the Temple during the funeral.

Sun May 08, 04:02:00 PM 2011  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

"Two Jews, three opinions" is an ancient tradition. :)

Sun May 08, 05:37:00 PM 2011  

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