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There’s a caveat here, something you really have to know: You can’t send a goat away unless you first take ownership of it.
There are two ways to view human life, as mutually exclusive as they are fundamental. Our existence is either a result of intention, or of accident. And the corollary follows directly: Either our lives are meaningful, or they are not...
In the Torah there is no place for evil in the simple sense; there is only the advantage of “turn from evil,” the conversion of evil itself to good.
The power of ritual is that it does not speak in abstractions – reason versus emotion, instinctual deferral rather than gratification
A Message of Unconditional Love
During Temple times, atonement on Yom Kippur was achieved through the once-a-year unique ritual of the offerings of the identical goats. However, each individual was obligated to personally repent for the sacrifices to be effective. In addition, Maimonide...
The scapegoat has been a laughingstock, fodder for the scoffers, since time immemorial. Even the Talmud singles out the scapegoat – from amongst all the sacrifices – as a potential source of derision.
There is another difference, which explains why Judaism is overwhelmingly a guilt rather than a shame culture.
Why two identical animals whose fate, so different, was decided by the drawing of a lot? And who or what was Azazel?
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Acharei
Before the scapegoat was taken into the wilderness, “Aaron the High Priest placed his hands upon its head and confessed all the sins of the Jewish People." (Leviticus 16:21) The verse is written "yado" meaning "his hand," the way we recite it, however, is...
Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement, when we are closest to G‑d and most connected to the essence of our souls.
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