THE GARMENTS OF THE HEBREW YAHDAIM HIGH PRIEST
The priesthood of ancient Yahdaim was the class of male individuals, who, according to the Hebrew Torah, were patrilineal descendants from Aaron (the elder brother of Mosheh), who served in the Tabernacle, Solomon’s Temple and Second Temple until the destruction of Yahrusalem in 70 CE.
Torah (/ˈtɔːrə, ˈtoʊrə/; Hebrew: תּוֹרָה, “Instruction”, “Teaching” or “Law”) has a range of meanings. It can most specifically mean the first five books (Pentateuch or five books of Moses)
Their temple role included animal sacrifice. The Priests (Hebrew kohanim) are viewed as continuing in the Kohen families of Yahdaim Priesthood.
The Priestly Garments
The high priest’s ceremonial robes known as the garments of honor and beauty. In style and color, the robes of the priests were rich in typical significance for they depicted both the wondrous beauties of Priest and also the privileges and duties of all who are the priests of Yah.
See also: Biblical clothing
The Torah provides for specific vestments to be worn by the priests when they are ministering in the Tabernacle: “And you shall make garments for Aaron your brother, for dignity and for beauty” (Exodus 28:2). These garments are described in detail in Exodus 28, Exodus 39 and Leviticus 8. The high priest wore eight garments (bigdei kodesh). Of these, four were of the same type worn by all priests and four were unique to the Kohen Gadol.
The appointed ones of the Torah . In his garments of honor and beauty.
‘The Ephod’ (Exodus 28:6-14, 39:2-7)
“And they shall make the ephod of gold blue purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen, artistically worked. It shall have two shoulder straps joined at its two edges, and so it shall be joined together.”
“And the intricately woven band of the ephod, which is on it, shall be of the same workmanship, made of gold blue purple, and scarlet thread, and fine woven linen.
Then you shall take two onyx stones and engrave on them the names of the sons of Yahdaim.”
“Six of their names on one stone, and six names on the other stone, in order of their birth. With the work of an engraver in stone, like the engravings of a signet, you shall engrave the two stones with the names of the sons of Yahdaim. You shall set them in settings of gold.”
“And you shall put the two stones on the shoulders of the ephod as memorial stones for the sons of Yahdaim. So Aaron shall bear their names before Yah on his two shoulders as a memorial. You shall also make settings of gold, and you shall make two chains of pure gold like braided cords, and fasten the braided chains to the settings.”
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“You shall make a breastplate for judgment, the work of a skilled craftsman. Make it like the ephod: of gold, and of blue, purple and scarlet yarn, and of finely twisted linen. It is to be square, a span long and a span wide; about 9 inches square, and folded double.”
“Then mount precious stones on each of its four sides.
On the first side there shall be a ruby, a topaz, and a beryl; On the second side a turquoise,
a sapphire; lapis lazuli, and an emerald; On the third side a jacinth, an agate, and an amethyst;
On the fourth side a chrysolite, an onyx, and a jasper. Mount them in gold settings.”
There are to be twelve stones: one for each of the names of the sons of Yahdaim, each engraved like a seal with the name of one of the twelve tribes.
ZEBULON | Emerald 7. BENYAMIN | Amethyst
IZZACAR | Topaz 8. MANASSE | Agate
YAHDAH | Sardius 9. EPHRAIM | Jacinth
GAD | Diamond 10. NAPHTALI | Jasper
SIMEON | Sapphire 11. ASHER | Onyx
REUBEN | Turquoise 12. DAN | Beryl
“For the breastplate make braided chains of pure gold, like a rope. Make two gold rings for it, and fasten them to two corners of the breastplate.
“Fasten the two gold chains to the rings at the corners of the breastplate, and the other ends of the chains to the two settings, attaching them to the shoulder pieces of the ephod, at the front.”
“Make two gold rings, and attach them to the other two corners of the breastplate, on the inside edge next to the ephod.
The rings of the breastplate are to be tied to the rings of the ephod with blue cord, connecting it to the waistband, so that the breastplate will not swing out from the ephod.”
“Whenever Aaron enters the Set-Apart Place, he will bear the names of the sons of Yahdaim over his heart, on the breastplate of judgment, as a memorial in front of Yah continuously.”
The Tabernacle Set-Apart Place
“Also put the Urim and Thummim in the breastplate, so they may be over Aaron’s heart whenever he enters the presence of Yah.
Thus Aaron will always bear the means of giving judgment for the children of Yahdaim over his heart in front of Yah continuously.”
In the Hebrew Torah, the Urim and the Thummim (Hebrew: הָאוּרִים וְהַתֻּמִּים, Standard ha-Urim veha-Tummim Tiberian hāʾÛrîm wəhatTummîm; meaning uncertain, possibly “Lights and Perfections”) are elements of the hoshen, the breastplate worn by the High Priest attached to the ephod.
“Make the robe of the ephod entirely of blue cloth, with an opening for the head in its center. And there shall be a woven edge like a collar around this opening, so that it will not tear.”
“Make pomegranates of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn around the hem of the robe, with gold bells between them.
The gold bells and the pomegranates are to alternate around the hem of the robe.”
“Aaron must wear it when he ministers, so the sound of the bells will be heard when he enters the Set-Apart Place in front of Yah, and when he comes out; so that he will not die.”
“Make a plate of pure gold and engrave on it as on a seal: Qodesh la-Yah;
“SET-APART TO YAH.”
“Fasten a blue cord to it, to attach it to the turban; mitznepheth. It will be on Aaron’s forehead, and he will bear the iniquity of the things which the children of Yahdaim consecrate and hallow, whatever their gifts may be. It shall always be on his forehead, that they may be acceptable in front of Yah.”
“Weave the tunic of fine linen, and make the turban; mitznepheth, of fine linen. The sash is to be of woven work. For Aaron’s sons; the regular priests, make tunics, sashes, and CAPS; migbaoth (the Kippah); for honor and for beauty.
So you shall put his garments on Aaron your brother, and their set-apart garments on Aaron your brother, and their set-apart garments on his sons with him. You shall anoint them, consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister to Me as Priests.”
“Make them linen undergarments to cover their nakedness, reaching from the waist to the thigh.
Aaron and his sons must wear them whenever they enter the Tent of Meeting, or approach the altar to minister in the Set-Apart Place, that they do not incur iniquity, and die.
It shall be a statute forever to him and his descendants after him.”
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