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Yoma 55: One and One, One and Two

The sprinkling of the blood of the bull and of the goat, in great detail – as it also appears in the Yom Kippur liturgy. How does the kohen gadol count? Of course, it’s a machloket. What IS the point of counting out loud? Plus, the bowls of blood from the bull and the goat, to be placed on the pedestal. Or the two pedestals. But there is no clear information whether there was one or two! Also, a parallel to horns for collecting funds – but just one, to ensure there won’t be confusion, where labeling the horns is insufficient (for R. Yehuda). So too with the pedestal – labeling would be insufficient, to make confusion absolutely impossible.

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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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