Yom Kippur

Every year during Yom Kippuriym (Day of Atonements) two goats are chosen for a sin offering. Lots are cast for one to be YHVH’s lot and the other to be let loosed in the wilderness. One will die and the other will be the scapegoat called the ‘aza’zel. This appears to be a contraction of two Hebrew words. ‘az, which is one of many Hebrew words for a goat and means to be strong, and ‘azal, which means to cause to go away, or be removed. So this word together means the goat that was removed or sent away. Below are a few examples of these words in their separate context as the two are only placed together in Vayiqera (Leviticus) chapter 16.

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