Our sages teach that even a desire to move in the right direction is full of merit, even if it does notmaterialize as we first thought.
The climax of the Yom Kippur service in the Holy Temple was the sacrifice of the two
By Rabbi Ari Enkin, Rabbinic Director, United with Israel
goats. The Kohen Gadol, High Priest, would take two goats, and by means of a lottery designate one for God and one for “Azazel.”
There are many interpretations as to what “Azazel” means, but we’ll go with the interpretation that it is the name of the place where the goat was taken. The former was considered to be a sin-offering and was offered on the altar, while the latter was a national atonement offering that was sent to the wilderness outside of Jerusalem to be pushed off a cliff and tumble to its death. Before sending…
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