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For the week ending 21 December 2013 / 18 Tevet 5774

Yoma 44 - 50

by Rabbi Moshe Newman
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Rabbi Yishmael taught: “The incense offering in the Beit Hamikdash served as an atonement for the transgression of lashon hara (evil tongue, slander and gossip). Let something that was done in secret atone for a transgression committed in secret.”

  • Yoma 44a

Kimchis was a remarkable woman. She had seven sons and each served as kohen gadol. When asked how she had merited such great honor, she explained that even the beams within her own home never saw her hair exposed.

The connection between such modesty and its reward is explained in the Jerusalem Talmud cited by Rashi: "The dignity of a princess is in her modesty," writes King David (Tehillim 45:14), "and her garment is made of gold embroidery." A woman of such outstanding modesty deserves children who will wear the golden garments of the kohen gadol.

  • Yoma 47a

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