ANSWERS TO REVIEW QUESTIONS
prepared by Rabbi Eliezer Chrysler
Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Jerusalem
Previous dafYoma 67
YOMA 59-88 have been dedicated to the memory of the late Dr. Simcha
Bekelnitzky (Simcha Gedalya ben Shraga Feibush) of Queens N.Y. by his wife
and daughters. Well known in the community for his Chesed and Tzedakah, he
will long be remembered.
(a) Some of the important residents would accompany the Meshale'ach to the
first hut, as he took the goat out of Yerushalayim. All in all, there were
*ten* huts. Their purpose was to serve as a reassurance to the Meshale'ach
that food was available should he want it - because Chazal have said 'Eino
Domeh Mi she'Yesh Lo Pas be'Salo le'Mi she'Ein Lo Pas be'Salo' (a person
fasts easier in the knowledge that food is available should he need it).
(b) There are seven and a half Ris in a Mil.
(c) The distance from Yerushalayim until the Tzuk (*the steep rock*) -was
(d) The distance between Yerushalayim and the first hut, and between each
hut and the next - was one Mil.
(a) The people would say to the Kohen Gadol as he arrived at each hut -
'Here is food and here is water'!
(b) When he walked from the last hut to the Tzuk the people who were
stationed at the last hut would only accompany him half-way - because the
distance was twice that of Techum Shabbos.
(c) Before pushing the goat over the Tzuk - the Meshale'ach would divide
the red piece of wool into two, and tie one half on to the rock, and the
other half, between the goat's horns.
(a) The goat was standing backwards as the Kohen Gadol pushed it off the
Tzuk (presumably, so that it would not be able to save itself as it was
pushed off - seeing as goats are used to steep inclines).
According to the Tana Kama, the goat is Metamei the Meshale'ach's clothes
from the moment he leaves the walls of Yerushalayim. Rebbi Shimon says -
only from the time that it is pushed from the rock.
(b) By the time the goat was half-way down the mountain, it was already
torn to pieces.
(c) The Meshale'ach then walked back to the last hut, where he remained
(d) The Chachamim permitted the Meshale'ach to walk the *two* Mil back to
the last hut, when normally, they only allowed a person who came from
outside the Techum *one* Mil, him they allowed *two* - because a. he was
weak from fasting, and he might suffer from exposure; and b. because he may
be afraid to remain alone in the desert.
(a) According to Rebbi Yehudah and Rebbi Yossi, from Yerushalayim to the
Tzuk was *ten* Milin. Rebbi Yehudah holds that there were *nine* huts,
Rebbi Yossi, *five*.
(b) The Chachamim permit him to walk more than one Mil from hut to hut - on
the basis of an Eruv.
(c) Rebbi Elazar b'Rebbi Yossi chided his father. If it was by means of an
Eruv, they did not require even *five* huts, they could have managed on
*two* - by placing the first hut at a distance of *four* Mil from
Yerushalayim, and the second at *eight*. By the people in Yerushalayim
placing an Eruv one Mil from Yerushalayim, and those in the first and
second huts placing an Eruv in both directions, the Meshale'ach would have
people accompanying him all the way.
(d) The author of the Beraisa which says that the people in the last hut
did not accompany him all the way to the Tzuk, but watched him from one Mil
away - is Rebbi Meir, who is also the author of our Mishnah, and who holds
that there were ten huts and that the distance was ten Mil.
(a) The Tana describes how they would offer the Meshale'ach bread and water
at each hut. In fact, he never needed to take up the offer.
(b) The Meshale'ach tied half the red strand of wool on the rock, and half
between the goat's horns - not just ...
1. ... on the rock - because we are afraid that sometimes, the wool would
turn white before he had performed the Mitzvah of pushing the goat off the
rock, and, out of sheer joy, the Meshale'ach would forget to proceed with
it. Obligating him to tie the second half of the wool on to
the goat's head
would remind him not to forget to complete the Mitzvah.
2. ... between the goat's horns - because it might happen that, as he
pushed the goat off the rock, the goat would bend its head under its body
(as it toppled off the cliff backwards), and he would not be able to see
whether the wool had turned white or not.
(a) Initially, they used to tie the red piece of wool at the *entrance* to
(b) They changed the location to the *inside* of the Ulam - when it
sometimes happened that the wool failed to turn white and the people were
(c) They changed the location of the wool from the Beis Hamikdash to the
rock and the goats horns - when the people began trying to peep behind the
entrance of the Ulam in order to see whether it had turned white or not.
(d) Rebbi Elazar Hakapor says that, originally, they used to place the
piece of red wool at the entrance to the Ulam, and by the time the goat
reached the desert, it had already turned white (presumably, this refers to
the times before Shimon ha'Tzadik's death).
(a) Rav and Shmuel argue over whether one was permitted to derive benefit
from the remains of the goat or not - one learns from the word "Bamidbar",
that the goat became Hefker (public property) like a desert; the other
learns from "el Eretz *Gezeirah*" (which has a connotation of prohibition)
that it was forbidden.
(b) The opinion which forbade the goat learns from "Bamidbar" in
conjunction with the other two times that the Torah writes "ha'Midbarah" -
that the Sa'ir la'Az'azel was to function (during the time that the Aron
was) in Nov and Giv'on and (when the Mishkan was) in Shiloh.
(c) The opinion which permits the goat, learns from "Gezeirah" ...
1. ... that the mountain must be a steep one, and that the goat must be
able to break up into limbs as it falls down the steep slope (i.e. it
should not be a sheer fall).
(d) Rava agrees with the opinion that permits the remains of the goat -
because otherwise, anyone coming across them, without knowing what they
were, would use them and transgress an Isur d'Oraysa - and it is not
logical that the Torah would instruct the Kohen Gadol to send an animal
away to cause innocent people to sin.
2. ... that the Sa'ir la'Azaz'el is a Divine decree, and that (like the
Parah Adumah) we have no permission to query it.
(a) (Splitting the word "Az'azel" into two - 'Azaz' and 'Eil') the Gemara
proves from the word "ve'Es *Eilei* ha'Aretz Lakach" - which means strong,
that "Az'azel", too means very strong ('she'Yehei Az ' - Azaz 've'Kasheh' -
(b) Uza and Aza'el were the two angels whom Hashem tested by sending them
down in the guise of humans, after they queried the creation of man (who
was a potential sinner). They were the ones who, due to their lust for
women and immoral behavior, caused the destruction of the world at the time
of the flood. The Sa'ir la'Az'azel too, atones for the sin of adultery.
(a) When the Torah writes ...
1. ... "es Mishpatai" - it is referring to laws which are obvious, and do
not need to be written (such as the three cardinal sins, theft and cursing
(b) The Torah concludes "Ani Hashem" - with reference to the Chukim, to say
that Hashem decreed them, and that we have no permission to query their
2. ... "es *Chukosai* Tishmeru" - to Mitzvos that we would not have deemed
necessary if the Torah had not commanded them (such as the prohibition of
eating non-Kasher food, of wearing Sha'atnez, Chalitzah of a Yevamah, the
purification of a Metzora and the Sa'ir ha'Mishtale'ach). Consequently, the
Satan casts doubts upon the Torah's integrity.
(a) According to Rebbi Yehudah, we learn from "ve'ha'Meshale'ach" - that
the people who were accompanying him from the time that the Meshale'ach
left Yerushalayim with the goat (but not before) and onwards became Tamei,
and so did the clothes that they were wearing.
(b) According to Rebbi Shimon, "ha'Meshale'ach" refers to from the moment
he pushes the goat off the cliff and onwards (in which case, only the
Meshale'ach and his clothes will have become Tamei). Rebbi Yossi learns
from "Az'azel ... ve'Chibes" - that the person and the clothes become Tamei
from the time the Meshale'ach reaches the steep rock.
(a) The Kohen Gadol then went to tend to the Par and the Sa'ir. He removed
their Eimurin and placed them in a bowl to burn.
(b) The Beis ha'Sereifah was outside Yerushalayim.
(c) When the bodies of the Par and the Sa'ir were eventually taken out to
the Beis ha'Sereifah, they rendered Tamei both the people who dealt with
them and their clothes ...
1. ... as soon as they left the walls of the Azarah - according to the Tana
2. ... only after they had already set fire to most of the bodies -
according to Rebbi Shimon.
(a) How could they now burn the Eimurin of the Par and the Sa'ir, asks the
Gemara? - Have we not learned above that they were burned at the same time
as the Kohen Gadol Leined the Parshah after he had removed the Kaf and the
Machtah (after the *second* time that he wore the Bigdei Lavan), whereas
now he was still wearing the Bigdei Lavan for the *first* time?
(b) We amend 'Nasnan be'Meigis *ve*'Hiktiran al Gabei ha'Mizbe'ach' - to
'Nasnan be'Meigis *le*'Haktiran al Gabei ha'Mizbe'ach' (meaning 'in order
to burn them on the Mizbe'ach - *later*.
(c) A 'Meigis' is a mixing bowl.