Sunday, July 16, 2006

Daf Yomi - Yoma 39 - Segan Kohen Gadol

Rashi in Taanis states that the סגן כהן גדול was appointed to be ready to step in if something would happen to the kohen gadol on Yom Kippur. Tosfos (15b) quotes a Yerushalmi that we would not appoint a kohen gadol unless he was initially a segan kohen gadol.

The Aruch Hashulchan Heosid (and others) ask on the language of the first Mishna in Yoma that says we would prepare another kohen just in case etc. Why didn't the Mishna explicitly say that we perpare the segan to be ready?


Anonymous said...

It could be that the Mishna in the beginning of Yoma follows Rav Chanina Sgan Hakohanim, that the sgan did nothing in the avodah, and his sole purpose was to wait in the wings. There was thus no need to explain that he was the sgan, since that is the definition of a sgan.

Avromi said...

The kasho was based on Rav Chanina that holds the segan was the one who we made sure was waiting in the wings in order to do the avodah and therefore the mishna should say segan and not just kohen achar.

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