seeing the temple in our days

via HaMikdash:
The Holy Chafetz Chaim writes: "…Presently it is difficult to find Kohanim who know the laws and practices of the fully. How disheartening and embarrassing. It sadly indicates that our prayers for the and the Service are merely lip service, not real or heartfelt. For if we really desired it to come, we would prepare and make ready for it.
He makes a really good point, and I can tell you for myself (though I am not a Kohain) that there is really nothing that makes you feel more connected to the Beit HaMikdash than reading through the descriptions of (especially the daily) rituals that were performed there. The Rambam discusses everything there is to know about the Beit HaMikdash in great detail. (Sefer Avodah (in hebrew) (summary of its topics in english) , Sefer Korbanot (in hebrew) (summary of its topics in english))

Also, in Masechet Midot (daily english translation(its been discontinued but if you root around it looks like it's all still there)) in the mishnayot they discuss a lot about the daily function of the mishkan.

I can't give you all the sources in the talmud, simply because it's all over the place and I don't know where to find them.



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