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#123298 - 02/20/04 01:49 PM Re: Holy Smoke!
Loc: New York City
Frankincense was a big part of the mix in the Jerusalem temples. The ingredients are listed in one of the mishnas, as I remember, though, the proportions were a gigantic secret. (But memory is porous). I *do* remember studying a passage in the Talmud that discussed whether or not a person exposed to the smoke of the incense in the temple precincts was guilty of an infraction. The conclusion was that he would not be, so long as he derived no pleasure from it. As one who doesn't like incense to begin with, I would have been safe.
#123299 - 02/20/04 02:11 PM Re: Holy Smoke!
"The handful, the frankincense, the incense, the meal offerings of the priests, and the meal offerings of the annointed priest, and the meal offering which accompanies drink offerings—
"the laws of sacrilege apply to them once they have been sanctified.
"[When] they have been sanctified in a utensil, they are rendered fit to be made invalid by a tebul-yom and by one whose rites of atonement have not yet been completed and by being left overnight.
"And they are liable on their account because of violation of the laws of remnant and because of violation of the laws of uncleanliness.
"But the prohibition of refuse does not apply to them.
[Mishnah, Holy Things, Meilah, 2:9 IX. A. - E.; translated by Jacob Neusner, 1988.]
#123300 - 03/07/04 01:02 PM Thanks Everyone!
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I didn't mean to ignore your great answers to my question. I've enjoyed looking at your clever responses today (better late than never) and the interesting links provided.
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