The Daily Tamid – Remembering Pesach Twice Daily

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The Daily Tamid

Tamid is an abbreviated form for olat tamid (“daily burnt-offering”) and refers to the daily (morning and evening) sacrifices as set out in Exodus 29:38–42 and Numbers 28:1–8 (cf. II Kings 16:15; Ezek. 46:13–15; Neh. 10:34, and II Chron. 13:11).

In the order of the Daily Tamid [offering] we find the Hebrew characters which spell the word Pesach – Passover!

5 and the tenth part of an ephah of fine flour for a meal-offering, mingled with the fourth part of a hin of beaten oil. B’Midbar 28.5

וַעֲשִׂירִית הָאֵיפָה סֹלֶת, לְמִנְחָה, בְּלוּלָה בְּשֶׁמֶן כָּתִית, רְבִיעִת הַהִין.

Shmoth 29.40 And with the one lamb a tenth part of an ephah of fine flour mingled with the fourth part of a hin of beaten oil; and the fourth part of a hin of wine for a drink-offering.

A tenth of an ephah was equivalent to an omer of wheat (or manna). The tenth part of an ephah was an omer (Exodus 16:36). Mah-Mitzanu? (What do we find?) Now an OMER was given daily for fourty years in the wilderness and twice as much (two omers of manna) on the sixth day, as no manna was given on Shabbat. What is hinted at here is not only the continual remembering of the Sabbath (Rishon Pesach) but that, (by implication, derivative of the fourth part of a hin) in whatever direction mankind goes whether to the north, south, east or west he is continually dependent on the Creator for his sustenance. (Also what is implied here by derivation is the Fourty Days and Nights Moshe spent on Har Sinai and the fourty years punishment of the sin of the ten spies.)

This Tamid [continual] offering [of a lamb, wheat, oil and wine] was offered twice daily in the Tabernacle and Temple Service (remez) to remind the Children of Israel twice daily of Pesach (the Exodus) and, although there is “One Law [of Pesach]” for the Sabra and the Ger Tzedek, it is to remind the Children of Israel also about the “Law of Second Chance;” that is, of Pesach Rishon and Pesach Sheni.

The Tamid was offered twice daily including on the Shabbat (- but there is also a Lamb offering offered on Shabbat that is distinct from the Tamid of Shabbat – Be’Midbar 28.9-10 This is the Mussaf Offering.

It was offered with two tenths of an ephah of fine flour, rather than just a single tenth ephah. This means that two omers of flour were offered as part of the Mussaf Offering to continually remind the Children of Israel of the two omers of manna that fell on the Sixth Day of the Week in preparation for the weekly Shabbat!)

twice daily: continually – hence it’s name – Tamid “Continual Offering” – A Lamb [is docile, submissive and follows the Shepard] as a sign that the nation daily, that is, continually renews its self-dedication to HaShem! This is what is implied by the Torah’s inclusion of the word Pesach in Be’Midbar 28.5

One thought on “The Daily Tamid – Remembering Pesach Twice Daily

  1. Dad in Chief. thanks for everything. thanks for showing me the process of keeping it. is normal is my tradition you brought back to me. I will treasure it. I promise.

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