I was listening to a homily and here is what the priest said:
"You would travel with your family to Jerusalem and you would have either brought a lamb or you would have acquired a lamb and what you do is live with that lamb in your home, the lamb would not leave your house, the lamb had to be good, spotless, male, unblemished; the lamb would live in your house, typically eating from your table for one week. Why? So that you would begin to love the lamb, so that this is not just some anonymous sacrifice..."
My issue is about the lamb "eating from your table" part of that preaching. I understand that the priest was trying to make a point and the homily was great. I can take that it might be possible that, in Jewish tradition, an animal might be able to stay inside a house temporarily. However, I understand that Jewish people were obsessed with purity and it just seems fair to believe that having an animal eat from your table might have been deemed as improper.
So my questions are:
- Is it possible that Jewish people would keep a lamb inside their house, have them eat from their table, during one week prior to sacrifice?
- Are there any reliable resources that support or correct this assertion?