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Yoma 59: Is There Revelation through Blood?

Sprinkling on the “pure” of the altar – the Gemara puzzles out what this pure is. Possibly, the midpoint of the altar wall. Possibly, an indication of revelation, as the prooftext of a verse in Exodus suggests. Also, what happens when a Tanna changes his mind to agree with a different Tanna…?! Plus, what happens to the blood that runs off, into the Kidron River, no less? And if one uses that blood – as gardeners were said to do – how much so they have to worry about me’ilah (misusing that which was consecrated)?

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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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