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Yoma 64: A Kid and Its Mother

What happens if the se’ir ha-mishtaleach (the scapegoat) is disqualified? Whether because it’s too young, or has a physical blemish, or because of the circumstances surrounding the day (for example, if the mother goat of the scapegoat were killed on Yom Kippur as well). How this works – or even was discovered – seems a logistical challenge, or few. Also, what happens if you need a new lottery for the goats – which of the 3 remaining goats needs to go to pasture to acquire a blemish to be redeemed (to remove the animal’s consecration). Which leads to a machloket between R. Yochanan and Rav… And their reading of the mishnah.

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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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