Thursday, July 20, 2006

Daf Yomi - Yoma 43 - Ketores of the Heichal

The Mishna lists many differences between the preparation of the ketores on Yom Kippur and the rest of the year. The Gevuros Ari comments that these differences apply by the regular ketores which is brought on Yom Kippur, as well. He explains that the reasons for these variations are due to the weakness of the kohen gadol on Yom Kippur and therefore the distinctions apply also by the ketores of the heichal. He is bothered by the fact that in the piyutim which we say on Yom Kippur, it states that the regular ketores was done in the identical manner as the rest of the year. The Mikdash Dovid asks from a Tosefta that states explicitly that a kohen hedyot is the one who performs the service of the regular ketores on Yom Kippur? The Reshash (and others) bring that it is actually an argument between the Rambam and the Ramban as to who would do the avodas haketores in the heichal on Yom Kippur.