Placing the Incense on the Coals

From his palms the High Priest places the incense onto the coals in the shovel, on the side of the shovel away from where he is standing, so that he will not be burned as the flames ignite. He stands there and waits momentarily, until the entire chamber is filled with smoke.

The Yom Kippur incense offering completed, he then exits the Holy of Holies with extreme reverance - backwards, entering through the two curtains back into the Sanctuary without once having turned his back on the holy place.



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