If the Siros and the Ya'im respectively were large pots and shovels to remove the ashes from the Mizbe'ach, and the Mizrekos bowls for sprinkling the blood of the Korbanos, what purpose did the forks serve and the pans serve?


Rashi, Rashbam, Targum Onkelos and Targum Yonasan: The forks were actually pitchforks, which the Kohanim used to turn over the pieces of meat that were burning on the Mizbe'ach (flesh-pokers), when one side was burned but not the other, and the pans 1 they used to take coals from the Mizbe'ach ha'Chitzon to the Mizbe'ach ha'Penimi to burn the Ketores. 2


Which had three sides and were open in front (Rashi, Bamidbar, 4:14).


It seems that all four Keilim were made of copper (Rashi, Ibid.).

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