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The rite of the scapegoat, described in Leviticus 16 and read in synagogues on Yom Kippur, is the climax of the Yom Kippur Temple service. Two male goats are selected by the high priest. One is sacrificed to God and the other is sent to Azazel in the wilderness, bearing the sins of the people of Israel.What is the meaning of this provocative ritual? Why is the rite of the scapegoat the climax of the Yom Kippur Temple service? And does this unusual ritual, although no longer performed today, have relevance for us beyond its h... More >>>
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The rite of the scapegoat, described in Leviticus 16 and read in synagogues on Yom Kippur, is the climax of the Yom Kippur Temple service. Two male goats are selected by the high priest. One is sacrificed to God and the other is sent to Azazel in the wilderness, bearing the sins of the people of Israel.

What is the meaning of this provocative ritual? Why is the rite of the scapegoat the climax of the Yom Kippur Temple service? And does this unusual ritual, although no longer performed today, have relevance for us beyond its historical value?

To Ramban, the scapegoat ritual was a process by which a live goat bearing the sins of Israel was sent to a demon of destruction pursuant to God's command on Yom Kippur. The demon was subservient to God and the ritual was in adherence to God's command. The scapegoat was not an offering to Azazel its purpose was to remove the spirit of impurity from Israel and deliver it to the wilderness, the realm of Azazel.

About Author:

Rachel Friedman is the author of The Good Girl's Guide to Getting Lost: A Memoir of Three Continents, Two Friends, and One Unexpected Adventure (Random House/Bantam Books). It was chosen as a Target Breakout Book and selected by Goodreads' readers as one of the best travel books of 2011. She's written for The New York Times, National Geographic Traveler, New York, BUST, Bitch, Creative Nonfiction, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Bon Appetit, Vela, Every Day with Rachael Ray, McSweeney's Internet Tendency, Gadling, Guernica, Al Jazeera America, The Hairpin, and Nerve, among others.

She's a contributor to The McSweeney's Book of Politics and Musicals (Vintage, 2012), The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 9 (Travelers' Tales, 2013), and The Best Women's Travel Writing, Volume 10 (Travelers' Tales, 2014), as well as the winner of Creative Nonfiction's 2012 Australia Essay Contest. Her essay "Discovery" is listed as a notable piece in The Best American Travel Writing 2013.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA, MA) and the creative nonfiction program at Rutgers-Newark (MFA), she has taught literature, journalism, and writing at Columbia University, New York University, and John Jay College of Criminal Justice.