For those who have never studied with Dr. Mehler – you will be entertained, you will be astonished, you will be challenged, and you will learn!
This seminar will be an exploration of a part of the morning service no longer included in the Sim Shalom. The Sim Shalom begins the morning service with the morning blessings followed by “Rabbinic texts.” After the morning blessings in the traditional siddur comes the “Korbanot” section containing 19 paragraphs mostly biblical paragraphs describing the various offerings (e.g. sin offerings, thanksgiving offerings) and a recipe for the incense.
“For me, the most esoteric parts of the morning service are the most meaningful. We read the recipe for incense that has not been burned in 2000 years, details of services abandoned for centuries, whose memory was rescued from oblivion by the heroic efforts of teachers who believed that if the incense could not be smelled, at least the recipe could be recited. If the meal could not be eaten, at least its preparation could be recalled, reminding us always of how much we have lost; of our hunger.” – Dr. Mehler, 4/5/2011.
According to “Peninei Halakha (https://ph.yhb.org.il/en/category/tefila/13-korbanot-the-passages-of-the-sacrificial-offerings/)
“When someone does not have time to say the Tamid paragraph, the verses of the Ketoret, and all of Pesukei d’Zimrah, it is best that he omit Psalm 30 (“Mizmor Shir Chanukat HaBayit L’David,” and Sephardim begin “Aromimcha Hashem”) so that he can recite them. If time does not allow him, he should also omit Hodu LaHashem. It is even permissible to skip Vayevarech David, Az Yashir, and Yehi Chevo in order to recite the paragraph of the Tamid offering and the verses of the Ketoret. This is because the foundation for the recital of the Tamid passage and verses of the Ketoret is in the Talmud, whereas the other passages were added to Pesukei d’Zimrah by the Savora’im and Geonim.”
Dr. Mehler will explore the meaning of these esoteric texts and why the reading of the Tamid and Ketoret (recipe for the incense) was so much more important to read than Psalms 30, which we would never think to skip.
Those who sign up will receive a pdf of the Korbanot service with Dr. Mehler’s notes compiled in 2011.