holy of holies


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Synonyms for holy of holies

(figurative) something regarded as sacred or inviolable

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(Judaism) sanctuary comprised of the innermost chamber of the Tabernacle in the temple of Solomon where the Ark of the Covenant was kept

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The reason is that we don't know the location of the Holy of Holies and the rabbis want to prevent the site from becoming impure.
Within the temple there were 10 degrees of holiness, with the Holy of Holies being holiest of all.
We had followed the production process right through, past flaming peat fires and gleaming copper and brass cauldrons of pure clear liquor to the holy of holies, the bonded warehouse.
I'll have no truck with those curmudgeons who believe racing is sacrosanct, that the racecourse is an inviolable holy of holies, and that any cross-fertilisation between the Turf and other sports is to be discouraged in the same way that certain aristocratic families guard their heritage by having sexual intercourse only with close relatives.
Fashion is like God, man cannot see into its holy of holies and live," said Samuel Butler.
When the temple curtain is torn, God is no longer confined to the holy of holies.
To the practitioners of the circus arts this Museum is our holy of holies filled with treasured heirlooms of past master showmen, great performers and legendary circuses.
This is the name the High Priest would pronounce when he entered the Temple's Holy of Holies once a year, on Yom Kippur, and which the kohanim would use in their priestly blessing.
IN the secular world that we inhabit, the Assembly's Business Committee is perhaps the closest we come to a holy of holies.
The screen, as Father Roche explains, "reminds one of the Holy of Holies, the Gate of Heaven.
I've been lucky enough to spend time with some pretty serious operators, and was recently invited to visit the Holy of Holies, Heath House in Headquarters, where I learned only as much as Sir Mark Prescott wanted me to, but left feeling I'd rather be a professional mourner than a licensed trainer.
Once the home of the first and second biblical Temples, the Temple Mount stands above the Western Wall and contains the Holy of Holies, Judaism's most sacred site.
God's presence in the Jerusalem Temple, and its sanctifying power, was seen by rabbinic speculation as a kind of spiritual energy that emanated from the inner core of the Temple--the Holy of Holies, the centre of the universe--and radiated in concentric circles, each decreasing in intensity, over the entire land of Israel.
He first catches the scriptural eye before his conception, when his dad--a low priest on the totem pole of an engorged system of hereditary holy men--gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to serve in the Holy of Holies at the temple.
Both the Smiths confessed to being "nervous wrecks" in the run-up to the race, but you could have taken their post-Middle Park joy into the jockeys' holy of holies and weighed it on the scales.