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Mishnayos Yoma Perek 6 Mishnah 3

יומא פרק ו׳ משנה ג׳


After the confession over the scapegoat, the priest passed the goat to the one who was to lead it to the wilderness. According to the halakha, everyone is eligible to lead it, but the High Priests established a fixed custom and did not allow an Israelite to lead it. Rabbi Yosei said: That was not always the case. There was an incident where a person named Arsela led the goat to the wilderness, and he was an Israelite.

מְסָרוֹ לְמִי שֶׁהָיָה מוֹלִיכוֹ. הַכֹּל כְּשֵׁרִין לְהוֹלִיכוֹ, אֶלָּא שֶׁעָשׂוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים גְּדוֹלִים קֶבַע וְלֹא הָיוּ מַנִּיחִין אֶת יִשְׂרָאֵל לְהוֹלִיכוֹ. אָמַר רַבִּי יוֹסֵי, מַעֲשֶׂה וְהוֹלִיכוֹ עַרְסְלָא, וְיִשְׂרָאֵל הָיָה:


אלא שעשו הכהנים קבע – in order to send it out and the Jewish court of Kohanim would not let an Israelite lead it out.

ערסלא – the name of a person.

אלא שעשו הכהנים קבע. להיות משלחין אותו ולא היו ב״ד של כהנים מניחין את ישראל להוליכו:

ערסלא. שם האיש: