A priest with a physical blemish must not enter the sanctuary or approach the altar

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  • Mishneh Torah # 332
  • Mishneh Torah Book # 8
  • Mishneh Torah Book Service
  • Mishneh Torah Category 41- Entry into the Temple
  • Reference Leviticus 21:23
  • Scripture Book Leviticus
  • Chapter 21
  • Verse 23
  • English nly he shall not go in to the veil or come near the altar because he has a defect, so that he will not profane My sanctuaries. For I am the LORD who sanctifies them.'
  • Hebrew כג אַךְ אֶל-הַפָּרֹכֶת לֹא יָבֹא, וְאֶל-הַמִּזְבֵּחַ לֹא יִגַּשׁ--כִּי-מוּם בּוֹ; וְלֹא יְחַלֵּל אֶת-מִקְדָּשַׁי, כִּי אֲנִי יְהוָה מְקַדְּשָׁם.
  • Greek 23 πλὴν πρὸς τὸ καταπέτασμα οὐ προσελεύσεται καὶ πρὸς τὸ θυσιαστήριον οὐκ ἐγγιεῖ, ὅτι μῶμον ἔχει· καὶ οὐ βεβηλώσει τὸ ἅγιον τοῦ θεοῦ αὐτοῦ, ὅτι ἐγώ εἰμι κύριος ὁ ἁγιάζων αὐτούς.
  • Parashah 31- Emor
  • Positive/Negative Negative
  • Sefer Hachinuch # 277
  • Sef. Hach. Command That a kohen with a blemishing defect is not to enter the holy temple
  • Category Levites & Priests
  • We can fullfill today Yes

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