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The box that held the lots that the high priest used on the day of atonement to decide which goat would be offered to God on which would be brought to Azazel was made of wood.

Why was it of wood? We have a tradition that all vessels used in the Temple were of a precious metal?

Since the Torah is concerned for the money of the Israel.

Rashi: we learn the principal of being “concerned for the money of Israel” from the extra precautions that must be taken when inspecting a leporous house. If God is so compassionate on those who have transgressed His law, all the more so for the righteous!

Yoma Chapter 4


20 June in History

In 1808, today is the birthdate of Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch. He articulated many principles that guide how an Orthodox Jew can live as a part of the modern world.

8 Tammuz in History

Today is the yahrzeit of Rav Eliyahu Mani of Chevron (1899). An associate of the Ben Ish Hai in Baghdad, Rav Eliyahu moved to Eretz Yisrael and became the Head Rabbi of the jewish community in Chevron.

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