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Yoma 27: Lottery after Lottery

Arranging the wood for the fire – if a non-kohen does this, he is subject to death. If he did it, he should disassemble and reassemble it (which latter part makes no sense!). The kohen needs to step in and participate. But some nighttime activities are permitted to non-kohanim. Until it seems clear that everything is lined up with the daytime! Also, shouldn’t the fact that a non-kohen could be put to death for this, isn’t it enough of an activity to warrant a lottery? But it IS part of the lottery from the morning terumat ha-deshen. Which brings us back to the night vs. day tasks. And what kind of tasks get a lottery or not. Which is not entirely clear.


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Anne and Yardaena

Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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