Sunday, 5 January 2014

yoma 43

taking into account the frail high Priest's body

only those with exposed genitals can sprinkle

(discussing who can sprinkle, women can't or hermaphrodites or others whose genitals are concealed. because as those who share a bathroom with a man know, men have a tendency to sprinkle. Later in the page is contrasted what normally happens in the temple and what happens on Yom Kippur, taking into account the fragile nature of the High Priest's body. The talmudic rabbis go into a lot of detail and emphasis on the making the case that the High Priest was frail and delicate, and perhaps not strong enough for the job.)

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