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INSIGHT: New York City and The Big Apple

The Big Apple! (And it’s not New York)

The Big Apple! (And it’s not New York)

Besides the daily removal of ashes, there was another kind of cleaning that took place every once in a while, during the time of the Beis HaMikdash. You see, the daily Terumas HaDeshen was more of a ceremony – it was restricted to only a shovel full of ashes, and plenty of ashes remained over. After Terumas HaDeshen, the other Kohanim on duty formed the remaining ashes into a pile in the center of the Mizbei’ach.

With all the burnt Korbanos there were so many ashes that it got bigger and bigger, higher and higher, even taller and taller!

Just imagine, people from a distance were able to see how busy things were in the Mishkan based on the height of the ashes!

“Look, I don’t believe it! Look over there!”

“It sure does look like a busy day in the Mishkan!”

This pile of ashes was in a shape of a round apple – hence the name given was Tapuach, which you guessed it – means apple.

However, the “apple” couldn’t keep on getting higher without ever falling. So when it started to collapse, it was time for another Mitzvah – Hotzoas HaDeshen – taking out the ashes to a special place at the outskirts of Jerusalem.

Shazak insight

New York City and The Big Apple

New York City has been called many things – “The Great American Melting Pot,” “The Capitol of the World,” “The City that Never Sleeps” – but its most famous nickname is “The Big Apple.” People started calling it this name in the early 1900’s. It has become so popular that the New York Mets baseball team have a huge “Home Run Apple” that rises whenever a Mets player hits a home run!

Who came up with this unusual name? And when? And what does “The Big Apple” have to do with New York City?!

Nobody knows for sure the answer to these very “important” questions (not even Shazak), but one thing we do know for sure… it has absolutely nothing to do with the holy ashes of the holy Mizbei’ach of the holy Beis Hamikdash, in the holy city of Jerusalem.

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