Who Was to Blame?

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Atone for Your people Israel that You have redeemed.[2] Chazal[3] parse this pasuk, and see separate references to two groups. “Your people Israel,” they say, refers to the living; “That you have redeemed,” to the dead. We must ask why the living require atonement? Moreover, the dead, we would think, require neither atonement nor redemption. […]

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