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1)

Which Kohen throws the hyssop ... into the fire?

1.

Targum Yonasan: A third Kohen.

2)

What is the significance of the three commodities?

1.

Rashi 1# (citing R. Moshe ha'Darshan): They represent the three thousand who fell by the Eigel.

2.

Rashi #2 (citing R. Moshe ha'Darshan): The cedar is the tallest species of tree and the hyssop, the shortest. It therefore serves as a Si'man that someone whose vanity causes him to sin, should make himself small like a hyssop and like a worm, 1 and he will be forgiven.


1

'Tola'as' means, both a 'thread' and a 'worm'.

3)

Why does the Kohen add "S'reifas ha'Parah"?

1.

Targum Yonasan: This teaches us that they added bundles of hyssop and of cedar-wood in order to increase the volume of ashes. 1


1

See Na'ar Yonasan. See also Ba'al ha'Turim.

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