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The Levites' song in the Holy Temple

Tractate Tomid

Tractate Tomid

14 Av – Tuesday, August 4th

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Tomid: 14 Av – Tuesday, August 4th

The Levites' song in the Holy Temple
Three Weeks, Siyum, Tractate Tamid

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The tractate of Tamid, the shortest tractate of the Talmud, discusses the regular daily service in the Holy Temple—the sacrifices, the incense, the priestly blessings and more.

Tamid concludes on topic of the songs the Levite choir would sing in the Holy Temple, accompanying the daily sacrifices:

The song that the Levites would say in the Holy Temple:

On Sunday they would say the Psalm that starts with "The land and all it contains are G‑d's; the world and those who dwell therein" (Psalm 24).

On Monday they would say the Psalm that starts with "G‑d is great and very much praised in the city of our G‑d, His holy mountain" (Psalm 48)

On Tuesday they would say the Psalm that starts with "G‑d stands in the congregation of G‑d; in the midst of the judges He will judge" (Psalm 82).

On Wednesday they would say the Psalm that starts with "O god of vengeance, O G‑d; appear O god of vengeance" (Psalm 94).

On Thursday they would say the Psalm that starts with "Sing praises to the G‑d who is our might, sound the shofar to the G‑d of Jacob" (Psalm 81).

On Friday they would say the Psalm that starts with "G‑d has reigned; He has attired Himself with majesty" (Psalm 93).

On Shabbat they would say the Psalm that starts with "A song with musical accompaniment for the Shabbat day" (Psalms 92). This is a song for the world to come; the day which will be completely Shabbat and rest for all eternity.

Rabbi Aaron L. Raskin is the official Chabad emissary to downtown Brooklyn, rabbi of Congregation B’nai Avraham in Brooklyn Heights, New York and Dean of Brooklyn Heights Jewish Academy. He is the author of the books “Thank You God for Making Me a Woman", "Letters of Light", "By Divine Design", and "Guardian of Israel", and the co-author of "The Rabbi & The CEO".
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