EXTREME MAKEOVER: Temple Edition ~ The Laws on G-d’s Residence of Choice Rambam: Hilchot Beit HaBechira. Chapter 8; 4
Episode #77 – “INSIDE OR OUTSIDE”
In previous Episodes we’ve established that preforming the Beit HaMikdash Honour Guard fulfills a Positive Mitzvah of the Torah. And failure to implement this scared duty constitutes a violation of a separate Negative Mitzvah.
We’ve also learnt that this Mitzvah mandate applies specifically to the Levite Tribe, which is comprised of both Cohanim and Levi’im.
In this episode we’ll learn about how that Take Up Positions, as we explore the nature of the two-tiered division of this Tribal Temple Responsibility.
We’ll highlight the Rambam’s view about the unique responsibility on each of these special clans to carry out of their Temple Honour Guard in different locations, rather than serving as an adjunct to one another.
We will further explore the number of places required, how many people it took to fill them. Finally, we address an obvious question: if this all about mindfulness and preservation of dignity, why are so many locations and guards are required?!