1 The divisions of the gatekeepers: Korahites: Meshelemiah son of Kore, of the sons of Asaf.
l’-makh-l’-KOT l’-sho-a-REEM la-kor-KHEEM m’-she-lem-YA-hu ven ko-RAY min b’-NAY a-SAF
א לְמַחְלְקוֹת לְשֹׁעֲרִים לַקָּרְחִים מְשֶׁלֶמְיָהוּ בֶן־קֹרֵא מִן־בְּנֵי אָסָף׃
26:1 The divisions of the gatekeepers
In addition to their role as singers, the Leviim also served as gatekeepers; these were the two main tasks given to the Leviim in the Beit Hamikdash. Both of these jobs were considered significant and essential. The Book of Ezra lists both singers and gatekeepers among the exiles who returned to the Land of Israel to rebuild the Temple (Ezra 2:41-42). In fact, Rambam (Beit Habechira 8:1) writes that there is a positive biblical commandment to guard the Beit Hamikdash as a display of honor to the Temple, and to Hashem. He writes, “Even though there is no concern of enemies or robbers entering the Beit Hamikdash, guarding it is a show of honor. There is no comparison between a palace with guards to a palace without them.” The Temple, and by extension all of Eretz Yisrael, is the King’s palace, and we must treat it with the proper awe and respect.