Yoma Daf 70
- About the Kohen Gadol reading the Torah on Yom Kippur
- About the importance of not passing up a mitzva and ברב עם הדרת מלך
- About the order of the avodat Musaf – when is it sacrificed – opinions of Rebbi Yehuda and Rebbi Eliezer – and the 3 opinions on their opinions
Thoughts on the Daf – By Susan Suna
Today’s daf is quoted regarding Halachot that we became very familiar with during the Coronavirus as well as when adjusting to the return of routine. During Coronavirus, we suddenly had numerous outdoor minyanim with a limited amount of Sefrei Torah. During Yom Kippur and other days where we generally have the luxury of two Sefrei Torah each rolled to the correct place by the gabbaim before shul, we now had many minyanim with only one Sefer Torah. In deciding how to respond to the issue, Rabbanim quoted our Daf as the source for not rolling a Sefer Torah in public due to respect for the community. The Orech Haim (144:3) states that if there is only one Sefer Torah, one is permitted to roll it in public. Still in order to address the issue of respect for the community a number of suggestions arose. In our minyan the prayers for IDF soldiers and Peace in our land were recited while the Torah scroll was rolled.
BH as the vaccinations turned the tide on the rate of Coronavirus infection, shuls reopened. The Rabbis and community leaders encouraged the closing of street minyanim so that we will all once again return to shul joining together in prayer. One of the reasons stated was ״בְּרׇב עָם הַדְרַת מֶלֶךְ״ – the king’s glory is in the multitude of people. The Chayei Adam quotes our Daf as one of the sources for preferring to do a Mitzvah with a larger group of people instead of a smaller group. Shulchan Aruch HaRav encourages people to pray in Shul even if he can pray in his home with a minyan. He writes that the unity of a multitude of voices joining together in Shul in song and praise of Hashem is the place where our prayer will be heard.
Teachers: Susan Suna and Dena Rock