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March 11, 2020
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
Was the Ketoret made out of only beautiful fragrances?
וַיֹּאמֶר֩ ה' אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֜ה קַח־לְךָ֣ סַמִּ֗ים נָטָ֤ף ׀ וּשְׁחֵ֙לֶת֙ וְחֶלְבְּנָ֔ה סַמִּ֖ים וּלְבֹנָ֣ה זַכָּ֑ה בַּ֥ד בְּבַ֖ד יִהְיֶֽה׃
And the LORD said to Moshe: Take the herbs stacte, onycha, and galbanum these herbs together with pure frankincense; let there be an equal part of each.
One of the spices necessary to make the ketoret was galbanum, which has a very foul odor.
From here the Sages teach that sinners should also be included in communal prayers and be made to feel part of the community.
(Keritut 6b; Rashi)
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Dedicated Today Leiluy Nishmat Raytza bat Baruch.
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