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May 25, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
Where did they find the earth needed for the Sotah procedure?
וְלָקַ֧ח הַכֹּהֵ֛ן מַ֥יִם קְדֹשִׁ֖ים בִּכְלִי־חָ֑רֶשׂ וּמִן־הֶֽעָפָ֗ר אֲשֶׁ֤ר יִהְיֶה֙ בְּקַרְקַ֣ע הַמִּשְׁכָּ֔ן יִקַּ֥ח הַכֹּהֵ֖ן וְנָתַ֥ן אֶל־הַמָּֽיִם׃
The priest shall take sacral water in an earthen vessel and, taking some of the earth that is on the floor of the Tabernacle, the priest shall put it into the water.
Part of the Sotah procedure required taking some earth which was easily obtainable while the Jews were in the desert.
However, once they settled in the Beit Hamikdash which had marble floor, a special removable tile/stone was installed so that they could access some earth as needed.
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