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February 21, 2018
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
How many bells were hanging from the Cohen’s robe?
וְעָשִׂ֣יתָ עַל־שׁוּלָ֗יו רִמֹּנֵי֙ תְּכֵ֤לֶת וְאַרְגָּמָן֙ וְתוֹלַ֣עַת שָׁנִ֔י עַל־שׁוּלָ֖יו סָבִ֑יב וּפַעֲמֹנֵ֥י זָהָ֛ב בְּתוֹכָ֖ם סָבִֽיב׃
On its hem make pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson yarns, all around the hem, with bells of gold between them all around:
Hanging by the bottom of the Cohen’s robe were 72 bells and 72 pomegranates.
This alluded to the 72 possible shades of white that could render someone a metzorah.
This is closely related to the interpretation that the robe atoned for evil speech. (Negaim 1:4, Leviticus 13, Baal Haturim).
Some say that the bells were to announce the Cohen Gadol’s arrival on Yom Kippur.
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