The Temple Institute: A Day in the Life of the Holy Temple: The Daily Sacrifice Cannot Begin Until the Gates are Open

The Daily Sacrifice Cannot Begin Until the Gates are Open

The act of opening the Sanctuary gates has great significance, for the morning tamid sacrifice cannot be slaughtered and prepared for offering upon the altar until the gates have been opened. In fact, the priest who has been assigned to this task will not commence until he actually hears the sound of the great gates opening. For with regard to the peace offerings, the verse indicates (Lev. 3:2) "... and he shall slaughter it opposite the door of the Tent of Meeting," and the sages have derived that the same applies to every sacrifice: it must take place while the door are open, and not while they are closed, in order to fulfill the requirement of "opposite the door."

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