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July 29, 2021 | כ׳ באב תשפ״א | TODAY'S DAF: Sukkah 22

Yoma 61: Whence Jewish Guilt?

The focus on the practical details, as opposed to philosophizing. Even though the focus is literally on atonement. That is, the phenomenon of atonement is functional here, a piece of the avodah. Rather than the need for it being a constant thought and topic of faith. Also, where does the kohen gadol restart the procedure if there is a need? Does he go back to the beginning, or can he pick it up where the avodah had been left off, mid-cycle. Plus, what happens when the procedure of particular Temple ceremonies cannot be carried out. For example, a Nazir who is bald (so he can’t cut his overgrown hair). A metzora who doesn’t have thumbs (for the kohen to sprinkle blood there, when he is purified from his tzara’at). That is, specifically issues that are not going to be resolved with time.

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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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