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MBY 48 The Daily ‘Tamid’ Offering
MBY 48 The Daily ‘Tamid’ Offering
This brief siman can be absorbed by making a perusal of several pages of the siddur (see Artscroll Siddur, pp. 32-42.) While many have never recited these sections, much less studied them, our Sages declare that a proper recitation of these passages (and ideally, an in-depth study of their original sources) effects the closest possible substitute for the Temple Service that can be wrought today!

We are speaking of the passages – from both the Written Torah and Oral Torah – of 1) the Daily ‘Tamid’ (lit. constant) Offering, 2) the ‘Ketores’ (Incense), 3) the full order of the daily Temple service as taught by the Sage Abaye in the Talmud, 4) a supplication to Hashem to accept our words as substitutes for the missing Temple Service, and 5) the Scriptural verses of the Shabbos and Rosh Chodesh ‘Musaf’ (additional) Offerings.

[Ed: Customs regarding the public recitation - or lack thereof - of the ‘Korbanos’ (i.e. these passages relating to the sacrificial offerings) vary among the shuls and yeshivos of the world. In my yeshiva, Ner Yisrael of Baltimore, the practice was (and still is) to recite the ‘Tamid’ (pp. 32-34) as part of the communal tefilos. To this day, I make every attempt (bli neder) to recite it as well.)

Did you know? This siman also contains the source for a prevalent practice among religious Jews: ‘shuckling’ (i.e.‘swaying’) while learning and davening. The basis for ‘shuckling’ while learning Torah is the fact that the Jews trembled when they received the Torah! The basis for ‘shuckling’ during davening is the verse in Tehillim (35:10): “All my bones say, ‘Hashem, who may be compared to You?’” The Mishnah Berura cites authorities who disagree with the latter source, particularly with respect to the ‘Shemoneh Esrei’, maintaining that one should stand still at that time. He concludes (Feldheim translation): “The Magen Avraham writes that one acts rightly whoever one follows. It all depends on one’s own personal nature. If one applies himself well to his prayer by moving to and fro, he should, in fact, do so. If not, he should keep still, so that he should be able to apply his heart to the praying.”

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