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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Three Batei Mikdash in Parshat Metzora

Vayikra 14:34

 כִּי תָבֹאוּ אֶל-אֶרֶץ כְּנַעַן, אֲשֶׁר אֲנִי נֹתֵן לָכֶם לַאֲחֻזָּה; וְנָתַתִּי נֶגַע צָרַעַת, בְּבֵית אֶרֶץ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶם. 
When ye are come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession;



וְלָקְחוּ אֲבָנִים אֲחֵרוֹת, וְהֵבִיאוּ אֶל-תַּחַת הָאֲבָנִים; וְעָפָר אַחֵר יִקַּח, וְטָח אֶת-הַבָּיִת.
And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other mortar, and shall plaster the house.

 וְאִם-יָשׁוּב הַנֶּגַע וּפָרַח בַּבַּיִת, אַחַר חִלֵּץ אֶת-הָאֲבָנִים, וְאַחֲרֵי הִקְצוֹת אֶת-הַבַּיִת, וְאַחֲרֵי הִטּוֹחַ.
 And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that the stones have been taken out, and after the house hath been scraped, and after it is plastered;


 וְאִם-בֹּא יָבֹא הַכֹּהֵן, וְרָאָה וְהִנֵּה לֹא-פָשָׂה הַנֶּגַע בַּבַּיִת, אַחֲרֵי, הִטֹּחַ אֶת-הַבָּיִת--וְטִהַר הַכֹּהֵן אֶת-הַבַּיִת, כִּי נִרְפָּא הַנָּגַע.
And if the priest shall come in, and look, and, behold, the plague hath not spread in the house, after the house was plastered; then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed

 וְלָקַח לְחַטֵּא אֶת-הַבַּיִת, שְׁתֵּי צִפֳּרִים, וְעֵץ אֶרֶז, וּשְׁנִי תוֹלַעַת וְאֵזֹב.
And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar-wood, and scarlet, and hyssop.

Hakal Yitzhak (quoted in Yalkut Mashiah Ug'ula) says that וְנָתַתִּי נֶגַע צָרַעַת, בְּבֵית אֶרֶץ אֲחֻזַּתְכֶם (verse 34) refers to the first Beit Hamikdash and וְלָקְחוּ אֲבָנִים אֲחֵרוֹת (verse 42) refers to the second. As is known, the first Beit Hamikdash is in Avraham's merit, the second in Yitzhak's merit, and the third in Yaakov's merit. When it says וְעָפָר אַחֵר (verse 42), the word "ועפר" refers to Avraham (ואנכי עפר ואפר), while "אחר" refers to Yitzhak (similar gematrias). If the plague comes again (verse 43), then eventually comes וְאִם-בֹּא יָבֹא הַכֹּהֵן (verse 48) - Eliyahu Hanavi, the Kohen (acc. to the opinion that he is Pinhas), who will come to purify the third Beit Hamikdash, which is called a "Bayit" in the merit of Yaakov. Then, he will take the 2 birds (verse 49) - Mashiah ben Yosef and Mashiah ben David - to cleanse the Beit Hamikdash.

May it happen very soon.
בניסן נגאלו ובניסן עתידין להגאל


At Wed Apr 06, 02:26:00 AM 2011, Blogger Neshama said...

Oh, that beautiful. Thanks.


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