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Yoma 49: Vying for Bragging Rights: The Most Difficult Service

What if a replacement kohen gadol is needed, whether because of death, Impurity, or anything else? Can the initial scooping done by the first kohen gadol count towards the second kohen gadol’s completion of this avodah? Or does that not work? (Isn’t the amount of incense taken specific to each kohen gadol’s hands?!). Also, how the kohen gadol actually maneuvered all the movable parts – spoon, incense, coals… One of the most difficult rites in the Beit HaMikdash….


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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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