Tuesday, July 31, 2018

The Talmud on the priestly right to eat sacrificial meat

THIS WEEK'S DAF YOMI COLUMN BY ADAM KIRSCH IN TABLET: Who Gets to Eat Sacrificial Meat? In this week’s ‘Daf Yomi,’ Talmudic rabbis raise contradictions in the rules governing ritual purity, ‘acute mourning,’ and imperfections in the priesthood.
By the time the Talmud was compiled, in the first centuries CE, these sacrifices were a thing of the distant past; they lapsed after the destruction of the Temple in 70. Yet the rabbis continued to pay a great deal of attention to priestly rites and privileges: Who is entitled to eat terumah, how tithes are properly separated, and of course how animals are to be sacrificed in the Temple.

Chapter Twelve of Zevachim, which Daf Yomi readers read last week, focuses on the right of priests to consume sacred meat. ...

Earlier Daf Yomi columns are noted here and links.

Visit PaleoJudaica daily for the latest news on ancient Judaism and the biblical world.