Audio by Shimi Berger

Mishnah Middot 1:5: And in the north, the Gate of Nitsots. And it was [built] like a portico and upon it was built an upper story, where from that the Kohanim guarded from above and the Levites from below. It had a door to the Cheil [a low fence around the Temple, which served as a boundary, beyond which entry to those impure was prohibited]. Second to it, the Gate of Sacrifice. Third to it,was the Hall of Fire.

ושבצפון שער הנצוץ. וכמין אכסדרה היה. ועלייה בנויה על גביו. שהכהנים שומרים מלמעלן. והלוים מלמטן. ופתח היה לו לחיל. שני לו שער הקרבן. שלישי לו בית המוקד:

Mishnah Middot 1:6: And there were four chambers in the Hall of Fire, like alcoves opening into an auditorium. Two [of the alcoves] were in a consecrated part [of the Hall of Fire] and two in an unconsecrated part, and the ends of the beams [indicating the boundary] separated between consecrated and unconsecrated. And what were they used for? The southwestern one was the Chamber of the Sacrificial Lambs [blemish-free lambs were stored there]. The southeastern one was the Chamber of the Lechem HaPanim [showbread]. [In] the northeastern one the Hasmoneans hid the stones of the altar that were defiled by the kings of Greece. [Through] the northwestern one they [the Kohanim descended to the Room of Immersion [mikvah].

וארבע לשכות היו בבית המוקד. כקיטונות פתוחות לטרקלין. שתים בקדש ושתים בחול. וראשי פיספסין מבדילין בין קדש לחול. ומה היו משמשות. מערבית דרומית. היא היתה לשכת טלאי קרבן. דרומית מזרחית היא היתה לשכת עושי לחם הפנים. מזרחית צפונית. בה גנזו בני חשמונאי את אבני המזבח ששקצום מלכי יון. צפונית מערבית בה יורדים לבית הטבילה:

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