Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
  Tour of the Temply By Rabbi Yoav Elan
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

The Butchering Area

Class 11

The Butchering Area north of the Altar
At a distance of 8 cubits (12 feet) from the northern edge of the Altar were twenty-four iron rings set into the floor of the Courtyard where animals would be held during slaughter. The rings took up an area of 24 cubits (36 feet) square, arranged in six rows north to south of four rings each (the four rings ran east-to-west). Each ring was a half-circle, hinged on one side so that the other side could be lifted for the animalís head to be inserted and then locked down. The rings were oriented so that the animal would be facing south when put into the ring. Each watch of Kohanim was assigned their own ring which they would use during their shift. The exception to the above was the Tamid offering [the continual offering brought twice daily] which was always slaughtered in the same ring, regardless of which watch was on duty.

The eight short stone columns north of the rings were much shorter than a manís height and topped by a heavy piece of square cedar. This block of wood was not fastened to the columns but remained in place under its own weight. Along each side of the cedar block, save for the west, were affixed one row of iron hooks from which the animals were hung for skinning. These hooks protruded one handbreadth (3 inches) from the blocks of wood.

There were eight stone tables near the columns used to support large animals during the skinning, to rest knives upon, and to wash the innards upon. More analogous to small footstools, the tables measured just 1 cubit tall and 1 cubit square (1Ĺ feet per side).

_______________

For more information on this topic, and to submit questions or comments for the author, please visit the blog post of this class.



 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

No Business As Usual
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5762

Jews On the Move
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5767

Avram Lifted Up His Hand...So That You Not Say
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5773

ArtScroll

Avraham Foreshadowed Self-Sacrifice To Make Aliyah
- 5768

The Perfect Covenant
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

The Deeds of the Patriachs
Shlomo Katz - 5772

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Avraham Initiated The 2000 Years of Torah
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Take the Initiative!
Shlomo Katz - 5774

The Ordeal of Departure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5771

> You Shall Live by Them
Shlomo Katz - 5758

Nowhere Man
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Obstacles and Opportunities
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5763

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A "Sneak Preview" of History
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

Recognizing the Source of Our Good
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Jews vs. Judaism
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

An Uplifting Experience
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information