Monday, January 18, 2010

The home as an altar


“And they shall take the blood and place it upon the two doorposts and the lintel, on the houses in which they will eat the offering. (Sh’mot 12:7)”

“And you shall take a bundle of hyssop and immerse it in the blood in the receptacle, and you shall place it upon the lintel and the two doorposts, from the blood in the receptacle. (Sh’mot 12:22)”

“We learn from here that our ancestors had three altars in Egypt: The lintel and the two doorposts. R’ Yishmael said there were four: The receptacle and the lintel and the two doorposts.”

(Midrash, Mechilta of R' Yishmael Bo 6)

Have a great day,

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