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Azazel

The Scapegoat Ritual and Its Ancient Near Eastern Parallels

In the scapegoat ritual of Yom Kippur and the bird ritual of the metzora, sin/impurity is transferred onto an animal and it is sent away. These biblical examples have parallels in Eblaite, Hittite, Ugaritic, and Neo-Assyrian apotropaic rituals.

Dr.

Noga Ayali-Darshan

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Recasting the Temple Purification Ritual as the Yom Kippur Service

Leviticus 16 – ויקרא טז

Dr. Rabbi

David Frankel

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Yom Ha-kippurim: The Biblical Significance

Prof.

Baruch J. Schwartz

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Regarding Azazel and Homosexuals in the Same Parasha

Reading Acharei Mot (“After the Death”) as an opportunity for infusing life into the biblical text.

Dr.

Shawna Dolansky

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