Yom Kippur has several “deviant” aspects to it. The Kohen Gadol is allowed to go into the Kodesh HaKodashim, we bring the Seir La’Azazel (which is offering a sacrifice to Satan!), and we use a lottery. Additionally, we say “Baruch Shem Kevod…” out loud. What is the reason for these deviations? Chazal compare Yom Kippur to the first day of creation (“Yom Echad”); what is the connection?
Over the Edge of Time and Space
October 10, 2016