How then, it may be asked, if these five tokens of the Divine
presence and favor which rendered the first Temple so glorious
were wanting in the second could it be said (Hag. ii. 9), "The
glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former"?
It is a question which it is natural to ask, and it should be
ingenuously answered. Is it that these were tending to usurp the
place of the spiritual, of which they were but the assurance and
the symbol, and darken rather than reveal the eternal reality
The Israelites relished any flavor they fancied in the manna except the
flavor of these five things (mentioned in Num. xi. 59):--"Cucumbers,
melons, leeks, onions, and garlic."
THE TALMUD, _Yoma_, fol. 75, col. 1.