Mishnah Yoma Chapter 1 Mishnah 3 Pt. 1

by Hayley Goldstein, SVARA Fellow

מָסְרוּ לוֹ זְקֵנִים מִזִּקְנֵי בֵית דִּין וְקוֹרִין לְפָנָיו בְּסֵדֶר הַיּוֹם
They sent [the High Priest] Elders from the Elders of the court, and [the Elders] read before him the order of the day [of Yom Kippur].

We are still with the High Priest as he is deep in prep mode for Yom Kippur. This time, the elders of the Bet Din come before him and read off the order of the day. Some questions pop up right away with this text: Why is it important that they be elders? And, not just any elders, but the elders from the elders of the Bet Din? Why multiple elders and not just one? So much mystery as we envision this preparation time.

Our juicy word today is מָסְרוּ, to seize, pass down, or transmit. What is being transmitted here? The chat was ripe with images today of the onboarding process that may have been occurring here, which includes the actual “order” of things but also includes stories, reflections, quirks that can’t be captured in writing.

How can our worlds (personal, social, communal, political) lift up and incorporate our elders’ wisdom more? As the world continues to fall apart in different ways, how can we look to our elders and be open containers for their wisdom and guidance?

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