THE APPOINTEES OF THE BEIS HAMIKDASH (cont'd)
Nechunyah dug water pits and knew the water content of rocks layers.
His son died of thirst.
(R. Chaninah): Whoever says that Hash-m ignores and overlooks...
Thus the evil are not always punished owing to HaShem's forbearance, not owing to his sins being overlooked.
All debts are paid in the end.
Two alternate sources for Hash-m being extremely particular with the righteous.
The daughter of the Chasid who dug pits for the communal good was miraculously saved.
Gevini was the "caller" who called those who served in the Mikdash.
King Agripas heard him a distance of 8 Parsah.
Agripas gave Gevini many gifts.
Ben Gever was appointed to the closing of the gates.
Rav was the Metargem for Rav Shila (Yoma 20b) and explained Krias ha'Gever to refer to Gevini.
Question: Why not explain it to refer to a rooster?
Answer: We know that Ben Gever is a person!
Ben Bavi was over the bundles, who would match up the wicks.
R. Yosi attempted to appoint administrators in a community.
They declined, citing sources.
He responded by citing the fact that Ben Bavi, with a relatively insignificant task, was included among the greats of his generation, how much more so those with critical appointments.
Ben Arzah was over the cymbals.
His job, striking the note for the Leviim to begin their playing, is mentioned in the Beraisa.
Hugras Ben Levi (over the songs of the Leviim) had a magnificent voice, as described.
Beis Garmu over the Lechem ha'Panim.
The story is recorded regarding this family's unique ability to bake the bread and remove it properly.
Others were brought in an attempt to unseat them.
They would not teach others so that the bread might never be made for idolatry by others.
They never had clean bread, to be above suspicion.
Beis Avtinas over the Ketores.
They, too, would not teach their craft to others, and others were, similarly, brought in.
As with Beis Garmu, the newcomers could not match them (here, too, the differences are detailed).
Here, too, their salaries were doubled to entice them to come back to their roles.
They were never perfumed, to avoid suspicion.
Still, there was a critique, as in the incident of the child of the house of Avtinas.
Another incident with a child of the house of Avtinas spoke of their sensitivity to the honor of their family, the honor due to the righteous and to preserving their family secret.
Their reputation was redeemed when an elder of their family passed the family secret to R. Yochanan b. Nuri.
Elazar over (those who wove) the Paroches.
Pinchas over the (fitting of) the clothes.
HALACHAH 2: OTHER APPOINTEES
There were no fewer than 7 Amarcalim and 3 treasurers.
No authority is given over the community to less than two people.
There are two exceptions listed who were alone.
They won the widespread confidence of the people.
OTHER SENIOR APPOINTMENTS
There are no fewer than two Katlikin, based on the Pasuk.
The Pasuk indicates 3 treasurers, 7 Amarcalim (above the treasurers) and 2 Katlikin at the top.
These answer to the King and the Kohen ha'Gadol.
When a treasury room was closed for later use, each authority, in ascending authority would seal the door with his seal.
This procedure was reversed to open the treasury, starting with the King who saw his seal undamaged and broke it, followed by the Kohen ha'Gadol, etc.
AUTHORITY GIVEN TO LESS THAN TWO
(R. Nachman citing R. Mana): The source is the plural in the Pasuk (Sh'mos 28:5).
MOSHE AND HIS WEALTH
Moshe became wealthy from the fragment of the Luchos.
In Moshe's tent was a mine of precious stones and gems.
The people looked after Moshe... (Sh'mos 33:8)
Some interpret this ungenerously (suspecting profiteering).
Some interpret this generously (to merit seeing the Tzadik).
HALACHAH 3: PURCHASING THE NESACHIM
There were four (or five-Ben Azai) seals/tickets in the Mikdash.
Each represented a different quantity of Nesachim for a Korban.
Korbanos of like quantities shared like tickets.
The procedure began with paying Yochanan and receiving a ticket.
The ticket was given to Ben Achyah who supplied the Nesachim.
At night Achyah brought the tickets to Yochanan and received his money (shortfalls were made up by Yochanan's personal funds) and overage went to Hekdesh.
If one lost his ticket he had to wait for the night's accounting.
The tickets were dated to avoid fraud.
THE TICKET FOR THE POOR SINNER
Question: That ticket should be identical with the G'di!?
Answer: The Metzora needed an extra Log of oil.
According to Rabanan he brought his own oil (a savings).
Question: What Nesachim are brought for a Rachel (female Ayil)?
Answer: It can be inferred from the Mishnah (similar to the G'di, undifferentiated between young and mature, male and female).
This is derived from the Pasuk which declares the Nesachim of the Egel and Shor to be the same.