The Temple Institute: A Day in the Life of the Holy Temple: Lotteries Were Conducted Four Times Daily

Lotteries Were Conducted Four Times Daily

Each day, four separate drawings were held. Responsibility for the most important Temple services was designated at these gatherings, and while all the tasks could have been determined at one drawing, it was preferred to reassemble all the priests four times for separate drawings. Thus the courtyard was filled with the priests a number of times throughout the day, and this is considered a greater honor for the Master who dwells in that house... in keeping with the verse (Psalms 55:15), "... and we walked to the House of G-d in company."

We will illustrate the manner in which this was done, as we describe the first lottery of the day.

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