[b-hebrew] high-priests ..... left-hand

Yigal Levin leviny1 at mail.biu.ac.il
Sat Jun 17 17:25:55 EDT 2006

Dear Anna,

Yes, priests who had any deformity, permanent of temporary, were not allowed 
to perform sacrifices. Obviously, a priest who cannot perform sacrifices is 
also disqualified from the office of High Priest. In fact, Josephus recounts 
that one of the later Hasmoneans, I think Aristobolus III, chopped off his 
uncle's ear, thus disqualifying him for the High Priesthood, so that he 
could have the job. If I remember correctly, he was later drowned by King 
Herod in a swimming pool. In any case, a list of these disqualifying 
deformities is written in Lev. 21:17-23. "Left-handedness" (Hebrew "Itter") 
is not among them. But I would not be surprised if later halakhah (Jewish 
law, such as the Talmud and Rambam) included left-handedness in the list. 
Just a generation ago, left-handed people were considered handicapped. My 
father is left-handed. I remember him telling me that when he was in school, 
his teachers forced him to write with his right hand.

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>        j      anna.          ..do we agree with  this site
> _http://www.ou.org/torah/tt/5764/bereshit64/mikdash.htm_
> (http://www.ou.org/torah/tt/5764/bereshit64/mikdash.htm)  that  appears to 
> be saying that left-handed men could
> NOT serve as temple high-priests  ?
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