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Yoma 34: A Highly Sensitive Kohen Gadol

Procedural details about the day that is Yom Kippur: havitin, nisakhin, and more, based on the close read of the biblical verses. Also: When the kohen gadol is an “istanis,” and the water for immersion is very cold, and it can be heated for this consideration – testimony to the sages’ awareness of psychology and the phenomenon of what we call “highly sensitive people” today. How does this connect to intention? Namely, doing something that is prohibited unintentionally. As applied to brit milah and Yom Kippur. Plus, the mishnah at the end of the daf: the next garment change, immersing, washing hands and feet. And some detail about the percale count, as it were, of the linen garments – apparently, the finest of things. And he could add to the pool of funding if he wanted to – again, attesting to the attunedness to his preferences. Is this a contradiction in the terms of not being materialistic on Yom Kippur? Perhaps not, if not taken to the extreme.


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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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