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The Excess of Men in the Mishnaic Tractate Yoma Aaron shall lay both his hands upon the head of the live goat and confess over it all the iniquities and transgressions of the Israelites whatever their sins putting them on the head of the goat and it shall be sent off to the wilderness through a designated man Leviticus 1620 He who set the Azazel-goat free shall wash his clothes and bathe his body in water after that he may reenter the camp Leviticus 1626 The preceding two quotes were the only mention of any people other than Aaron who were involved in the activities on the Day of Atonement However in the mishnaic tractate Yomah the mishnaic authors mention at least 50 other men who participate in the days events It is unclear for this addition Noticeably the groups of men are broken up into two distinct categories The high priest is apparently trained guided and even observed by a group of elders of the court who eventually deliver him to the elders of the priest hood The other group was a group of men who completed many of the chosen High Priests simple minded and non exertive tasks There is no specific name classification given to these men This may be exemplary of their unimportance in the holy doings of the day Unlike the need for elders of the court and priest hood the necessity of these men is a bit unclear It is unclear in the mishnaic tractate Yoma as to why the many tasks performed by this nameless group of men could not just have been performed by the High Priest himself as it was by Aaron The authors of this text write that another priest was made ready in his stead lest aught should befall him to render him ineligible Also another wife was made ready for Page 2 him lest his own wife should die Yoma
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