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Mishnayos Pesachim Perek 5 Mishnah 8

פסחים פרק ה׳ משנה ח׳


As it was done during the week, so was it done on Shabbat; only that on Shabbat the priests would rinse the Temple courtyard, cleaning away the blood, contrary to the wishes of the Sages, as the priests did not want to veer from the weekday procedure in this regard. Rabbi Yehuda says: Before the floor was rinsed, a priest would fill a cup with the blood of the many offerings brought that day that was now mixed together on the floor and then sprinkle it with a single sprinkling upon the altar. But the Rabbis did not agree with Rabbi Yehuda with regard to this point.

כְּמַעֲשֵׂהוּ בְחֹל כָּךְ מַעֲשֵׂהוּ בְשַׁבָּת, אֶלָּא שֶׁהַכֹּהֲנִים מְדִיחִים אֶת הָעֲזָרָה שֶׁלֹּא בִרְצוֹן חֲכָמִים. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, כּוֹס הָיָה מְמַלֵּא מִדַּם הַתַּעֲרֹבוֹת, זְרָקוֹ זְרִיקָה אַחַת עַל גַּבֵּי הַמִּזְבֵּחַ, וְלֹא הוֹדוּ לוֹ חֲכָמִים:


שהכהנים מדיחים את העזרה – because there was a great amount of blood , they would rinse it (i.e., the courtyard) on the Sabbath for the canal of water would go in the courtyard and when they would want to rinse it, they would stop up the hole where it (i.e., the water) comes out and the water stretches out over its banks and rinses the entire courtyard [for the courtyard was entirely a floor of alabaster], and afterwards they open the hole and the waters come out.

מדם התערובות – that is lying on the floor. But the Halakha is not according to Rabbi Yehuda.

שהכהנים היו מדיחין את העזרה. מפני שהדמים מרובים היו מדיחין אותה בשבת. שאמת המים היתה מהלכת בעזרה וכשהן רוצים להדיח פוקקים את נקב יציאתה והמים פושטים על כל גדותיה ומדיחין כל העזרה [שהעזרה רצפה של שיש היתה כולה] ואח״כ פותחין הנקב והמים יוצאים:

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