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Zvachim Daf 19 - sanctification arms and legs

Sacrifices nineteenth Page - sanctification arms and legs

Gemara on the nineteenth page in deals obligation to wash your hands and feet before the work of the temple. According to the things at face value, the purpose of washing is to add in purity for the job. Viz - washing is an introduction to work. An expression of interest that we found in Maimonides. Mishnah tractate Yoma (to page.) Stated:

"No one went for help to work even pure, to immerse."

Similarly, baptism is an introduction to the temple entrance: She came to raise the person to check whether any impurity defiled forgotten him, and generally preparing him for the honorable position of entering the temple. Maimonides (Laws of the coming of a temple, Chapter V went to D') mention this obligation of the dip in the middle of the chapter about washing hands and feet towards the entrance to the temple. Teach us, sanctifying baptism prepare the person for entrance to the temple or to work.

Indeed, there is room to offer another understanding of the case washing hands and feet. The Talmud describes Vsogyitino through washing by placing a hand on the leg, due to the difficulty of it offers to serve to sit in a temple. The Gemara answers that:

"Read said:" server "- service paged him."

We learned a great innovation Gemara: washing hands is not only an introduction to work, but a "service" itself, for this matter that must be performed. Thus wrote Maimonides (Laws of Temple artifacts, Chapter V went XVI):

"And sanctuary because he was sitting as a job, no work but standing is said to serve."

Maimonides uses "yes" imagination, clarifies the doubt about washing: on the one hand is just an introduction for the work, but on the other hand has seen a real job.

Later Sugyitino Gemara discusses the controversial terms of improper lodging sanctification arms and legs. The Talmud clarifies the source to each of the methods, by the way the debate offers:

"No written submission and spelling when they, huh Amina on all access and access, he wrote Heaven: when they come."

I mean, it was possible to offer, that before any work and labor necessary washing hands and feet. Similarly, the reason this proposal is washing is part of the work. Therefore, as any job can be done several times a day (when the priest sacrifices different victims), so he has to start any of the actions washing his hands and feet. Conclusion, this proposal is rejected, and so on ALMA thank Almighty bathing once a day (the dispute is solely about Cohen, who worked at night, whether he had to go wash his hands in the morning).

The original obligation is washing sink affair verses Parashat Ki Tissa. Verses where repeated three times on the verb R, H, Katz Bahteiutio different. Cohen also deals in our sleep that washed his hands and feet. Now, baraita Gemara uses a different term: "How commandment sanctification?". Even Maimonides (the early period of the walking coming Temple) states that the mitzvah "consecrate" arms and legs.

Perhaps, the term "sanctification" expresses the same understanding that sees handwashing real work. Priest, not only preparing himself for work, but the temple of his body, and makes himself a holy vessel. Just as the sacrifice justifies the sacrifice, the sanctification of the temple priest hands.

Of course, such an approach, whereby the priest becomes sacred like the victim also explains how you can talk about improper for the night or leaving foreign assistance. No doubt, the Gemara uses these terms in relation to Salt arms and legs light flesh Law Halina victim rejected foreign help or leaving. Teach us, although hand washing is sacred work - real work.

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Rabbi Avihud Schwartz