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Torah Talk for Yom Kippur

September 27, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

Because of the Yom Kippur holiday, we do not read a regular parasha (Torah portion) this Shabbat. Instead, we recount the Avodah (Worship Service) that High Priest Aharon was commanded to conduct in the Mishkan (Tabernacle) and his descendants in the Beit HaMikdash (Temple).

One of the most striking parts of this service is the goat sent to Azazel, which is the origin of the modern word “scapegoat.” What is the idea behind this ritual, and why is it so central to the Avodah? Read more >