עצים לשריפת הקורבנות ולהכנת אפר פרה אדומה

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Abstract

This article provides an analysis of the types of wood used for the purpose of sacrifices in the Temple, as well as those employed in burning the red heifer into ash. Both Apocryphal and Tannaitic sources offer various criteria for the selection of appropriate wood, even providing lists that specify different tree species. But the two sources – apocryphal and Tannaitic – reflect different halakhic conceptions, with the rabbinic perspective providing greater flexibility, allowing for a larger variety of trees for these ritual purposes. These rabbinic sources categorize and list trees actually used in the Temple period with an abbreviated list of prohibited trees. This study of texts is complemented by an additional empirical approach that sheds light on the original source materials. Turning to modern research techniques, I consider the burning properties of wood of different trees, assessing why some may have been preferred and others disqualified. With such empirical criteria in mind, the current research also examines the differences between trees arrayed on the altar for Temple sacrifices and those trees which were dedicated to the burning of the red heifer.
Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)20 pp
Number of pages1
JournalJSIJ - Jewish Studies; an Internet Journal
Volume17
StatePublished - 2019

RAMBI Publications

  • RAMBI Publications
  • Temple of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel) -- In post-biblical literature
  • Temple of Jerusalem (Jerusalem, Israel) -- In rabbinical literature
  • Red heifer (Jewish law)
  • Sacrifice (Jewish law)
  • Wood

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