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Yoma 41: Love, Devotion, and Ignorance in Amoraic Babylonia

A parallel to the lots selecting the goats – birds! Including Sotah. But also if one choose bird korbanot because of the expense. And then what happens to the birds… which seems to have different parameters from the goats of Yom Kippur, in any case. Also, with regard to the goats – the kohen gadol ties the red string on the head of the goat going to Azazel. He positions the goats, and then utters his confession. The Gemara’s focus shifts to the wool used for the red string. Including the connection to the parah adumah. Including confusion, apparently, by the Amoraim (and us too), and the need to compare Yom Kippur to the birds and the parah adumah.


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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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