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Episode #81 – “THE TUNNEL”

In previous Episode we learnt about the Sleeping Arrangements for Adult Cohanim Honour Guard prior to their Beit HaMikdash Day of Duty.

Yet, while the Cohanim need some shut eye, Hashem’s Holy Home isn’t hospitable to Ritual Impurity, and sometimes stuff happens! What happens if…

In this new Episode you’ll discover that the solution is already carved in stone!

Welcome to the original Temple Tunnels, the subterranean non-sacred passageways that allowed the Cohanim to escape situations of ritual impurity caused by things like an inadvertent Nocturnal Emission.

Did you know that there was a labyrinth of tunnels (with one leading to a ritual bathing pool!) under the Beit HaMikdash compound?

Is a ritually impure Cohen allowed to remain on the Temple Grounds for the night? And if he may, could he stay on the next day?

With these fascinating Rules from the Underground, we will conclude the Cohen Guard Duty details, and move onto the responsibilities shouldered by the Levite Clans.

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