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"He Placed the Incense"

"He Placed the Incense"


On Yom Kippur the High Priest entered the Holy of Holies to offer incense as an emmisary for every Jew. This service still exists in a spiritual sense even today, in the time of exile, for “we will render the prayer of our lips in place of the sacrifice of bullocks.”

On the contrary, in the time of exile there is a special added superiority, for every Jew is himself a “High Priest”; he himself “enters” “the Holy of Holies” and “offers incense.”

(Sichat Erev Yom Hakippurim 5743)

Excerpted from Days Of Awe, Days Of Joy. Published and Copyright by Kehot Publication Society, Brooklyn NY 11213
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