About This Text
Composed: Talmudic Babylon, c.450 – c.550 CE
Menachot (“Meal Offerings”) is the second tractate in Seder Kodashim (“Order of Holy Things"). Its thirteen chapters mainly discuss flour-based offerings brought in the Temple, as well as oil and wine libations. Among the topics addressed are intentions that nullify an offering’s validity, details of the process of removing a handful of meal-offering, sanctifying it in a vessel, carrying it, and burning it on the altar, and the preparation and consumption of showbread (loaves that were always present on a dedicated table in the Temple). Menachot also contains the Talmud’s main discussions about the commandments of mezuzah (doorpost marker) , tzitzit (ritual fringes), and tefillin (phylacteries), included in the third and fourth chapters.