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Re: orion Bodily Functions and Sectarians

When touring the archeaological sites around the Old City of Jerusalem
there are many remains of homes that had mikva'ot.  One can expect that
they also had facilities for other bodily functions.  The number of
mikva'ot exceeds what a normal population would need.  One can speculate
that they were users by pilgrims (worshippers) on the way to the Temple.

I would like to hear from someone in Jerusalem who may know more about
these sites?  What do you speculate?


At 09:08 AM 10/6/97 +0300, you wrote:
>Date: Sun, 05 Oct 1997 11:46:55 -0400
>From: David Goldman <davic@pop.erols.com>
>Subject: Bodily Functions and Sectarians
>Regarding the issue of bodily functions within "the camp". I would be
>interested in knowing, if anyone does, what classic Jewish literature may
>have to say about this subject. That is, were the priests in the Temple
>forbidden to take care of various bodily functions within the confines of
>the Temple? If so, what kind of arrangements were made for this?
>I believe there were boundaries for kohanim as far as conjugal relations
>were concerned, but at least in Jerusalem itself.
>Somehow I would assume that the throngs of Jews coming into the Temple area
>during the festivals would have access to toilet facilities. 

Daniel D. Stuhlman

Hebrew Theological College
Saul Silber Memorial Library
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Skokie, IL  60077

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