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Azazel: (a) A rocky cliff from which a goat was pushed to its death on Yom Kippur (Leviticus, ch. 16; Yoma 63a). (b) The goat that was cast to its death.
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And Aaron shall place lots upon the two he goats: one lot "For the L-rd," and the other lot, "For Azazel." And Aaron shall bring the he goat upon which the lot, "For the L-rd," came up, and designate it as a sin offering. And the he goat upon which the lo...
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