Minha Gedola and Tzel Part 4
If you haven't read the previous installments of this, here are the links:
Part 3 - if you haven't read the update to this part, please do so. It's enlightening.
In the update to our previous post, we quoted the Mikdash Melech, who understands the Zohar which says "שית קמצין ופלגא" to mean 6.5 hours, albeit using a 12-hour day instead of a 24-hour day (See Gilui's post how both counting systems are דברי אלקים חיים). The Mikdash Melech says that קמצין literally mean "Tefahim", but in this context, mean "hours". If you look at the Mikdash Melech inside, he refers to the beginning of the fifth Perek of Pesahim (58a). The Mishna there says that when Erev Pesah falls out on Friday, the Korban Tamid of the afternoon is slaughtered at the 6½ hour (i.e. Minha Gedola). The gemara explains that biblically, that is when it should be slaughtered every day, but since the Tamid must be the last Korban brought, to allow more time for Nedarim and Nedavot (private voluntary offerings), it is normally pushed off by 2 hours. On an Erev Pesah that falls on Friday, however, since you need to allow for the time to both bring the Korban Pesah and roast it after the Tamid is brought, the rabbis pushed the Tamid's time up back to the 6½ hour.
Interestingly enough, the expression the Gemara uses to denote the biblical time for bringing the afternoon Tamid being at the 6½ hour is the following:
The way I see it, we are in Erev Pesah (i.e., the eve of the Final Redemption according to the great rabbis of our time) that falls out on Erev Shabbat (i.e., the 6th millennium) and we're quickly approaching Minha Gedola of that "day".
Ribbono Shel Olam, we need the time to serve You properly before the millennium is over - there is so much to do - so much Torah to learn, so much growth in Yir'at Shamayim to achieve. It's too difficult to do in Galut. Minha Gedola of the sixth millennium is coming up this Rosh Hodesh Av, 5771. On the eve of Rosh Hashana, 5771, we humbly request that You have mercy on Your Shechina and Your nation, and that the Ge'ula come this year with mercy.