Torah Pearls – Season 2 – Achrei Mot

Aaron shall lay both his hands on the head of the live goat, confess over it all the iniquities of the children of Israel, and all their transgressions, concerning all their sins, putting them on the head of the goat, and shall send it away into the wilderness by the hand of a suitable man. The goat shall bear on itself all their iniquities to an uninhabited land; and he shall release the goat in the wilderness. – Leviticus 16:21-22

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3 Comments

  1. Jacinthe says

    On the day of Atonements, the Cohen Gadol went in behind the veil 4 times? #1 with the incense and censor (both hands occupied), then out #2 with a bowl of blood from the bull to sprinkle with his finger 7 times out again to slaughter the goat #3 in again to sprinkle it’t blood 7 times then out to deposit the bowl and #4 come back to get the censor? Or was it removed the first time? And for years I thought he went in once only. Fascinating!

  2. Sophiee Saguy says

    Jacinthe, the Kohen Gadol sprinkled the blood of the bull (which was for the accidental sins of the priests in the Temple). When he left he put the bowl on a stand in front of the Parochet (curtain separating the Holy from the Holy of Holies).

    When he sacrificed the goat for the people it was also for their accidental sins. He sprinkled the blood and when he left the holy of holies he put the bowl on a stand in front of the Parochet.

    Now outside the holy of holies the kohen gadol sprinkled both the bull’s blood and the goat’s blood on the other side of the Parochet from the Holy of Holies (towards it).

    When the sacrifices are complete he takes the identical live goat and sends it alive into the wilderness (this is the scapegoat).

    Then he bathes and then brings burnt offerings (elevation offerings).

    This is all described in Vayikra / Leviticus 16.

    http://bible.ort.org/books/pentd2.asp?ACTION=displaypage&BOOK=3&CHAPTER=16

  3. elskid says

    Jason talked about the Torah Scroll looking like a bowling alley with the kid’s bumpers in the gutter.

    I have always seen the Torah more like the red and green markers in a river. You are welcome to boat anywhere you want, but the good, DEEP water is between the red and green markers. Outside of them, you can expect to run around a bend up a prop or two.

    I was in the US Coast Guard. Whenever we found someone aground, they invariably said something like, “How did I get out of the channel?” or “Where is the good water?”
    Sometimes they simply misread the chart; other times they thought there was enough water for a short cut.

    I think that is an AMAZING parallel to life with and WITHOUT the Torah/instruction/chart. We run our lives “run aground” all the time, and so we need to “teshuva” back to the red and green markers, the safety of the Torah

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