Yes Indeed, Life is Complicated. The complexity of Life involves the separation between the singular entity called Man and the building blocks of his life called cells. The cells exist as independent individuals and the man does not rule or govern the cells of his own body. The concepts of Sin, Repentance, and Atonement are not applicable to the living functions performed by the cells.
Yom Kippur / יום כפור
Yom Kippur (Hebrew: יוֹם כִּפּוּר or יום הכיפורים), Also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year for the Jews. Its central themes are atonement and repentance. Jews traditionally observe this holy day with a 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. Yom Kippur completes the annual period known in Judaism as the High Holy Days (or sometimes “the Days of Awe”).
Yom Kippur 2022 (the Day of Atonement): October 04–05:
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we are closest to God and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement—“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before God” (Leviticus 16:30).
“For nearly twenty-six hours—from several minutes before sunset on 9 Tishrei (Tuesday, October 04) to after nightfall on 10 Tishrei (Wednesday, October 05)—we “afflict our souls”: we abstain from food and drink, do not wash or anoint our bodies, do not wear leather footwear, and abstain from marital relations. Instead our time is spent in prayer to God.“
On this holy day of Atonement, I am trapped in the belly of a huge fish with no chance to seek the forgiveness of either my friend or of my enemy. I am just a refugee without a refuge. I do not know my final destination. How will I find peace while I exist as a slave in a free country? If I have to suffer, I ask God to grant me His Mercy, Grace, and Compassion. LORD, let me suffer living as a prisoner in the enemy’s camp.
The idea of repentance is well expressed in different Cultures but the interpretation of its consequences is not the same. The Jews associate the idea of repentance with Divine Atonement and Absolution of sins.
JUDAISM AND THE DOCTRINE OF ATONEMENT:
Repentance is a common theme of Old Testament Prophets. Prophet Jeremiah had more to say about repentance than any other Prophet. He called upon Jews to repent and condemned them for their false worship and social injustice.
To Jews, repentance means living in obedience to Yahweh’s Will for the individual and the nation of Israel. For a Jew, atonement is expiation for his own sin in order to attain God’s forgiveness. He may achieve this in various ways, including repentance, payment for a wrong action, good works, suffering, and prayer. Repentance and changed conduct are stressed as the most important aspects of Atonement.
God set up Laws for the Israelites mostly regarding holiness and worship. The Old Testament Book of Leviticus, Chapter 16, verse 34: “This is to be a lasting ordinance for you; Atonement is to be made once a year for all the sins of the Israelites.”
The Day of Atonement or YOM KIPPUR is the most important and solemn of the Jewish holidays. It is the tenth and final day of the Ten Days of Repentance which begins with Rosh Hashanah.
God has issued a lasting ordinance and has called upon the Jews to obtain Atonement once a year. After the destruction of the Second Temple at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, Jews discontinued the practice of ritualistic animal sacrifice to make the sin and burnt offerings to seek Atonement.
The observance of Yom Kippur includes a 25 hour period of fasting and intensive prayer. At the end of Yom Kippur, the man considers himself absolved from his sin and is reconciled to God.
Repentance is not a personal choice for the Jews. It is a divine instruction given to the Jews.
The Rudi Connection at Whole Foods proposes a new holiday tradition to remove and dispose the burdens of Sin
Yes Indeed, Life is Complicated. The fundamental complexity of Life involves the problem of Sin which dates back to the very beginning of the man. Fortunately, the Bible offers a Second Chance to the man to remove the burden of Sin. In work life, the man needs a new tradition to survive in the workplace without getting swallowed by Sin as determined by his employer.
Here is the most exciting news for ‘Whole Team’ Members. You will be able to safely and securely deposit all the blame for all your mistakes on the head of your designated “SCAPEGOAT.”
As a ‘Whole Team’ Member, my primary concern is about your Happiness and Excellence at the Workplace. But, we have to accept the realities of life.
WHAT IS SIN?
In common usage, the word ‘Sin’ refers to the blame attached to any behavior or action that is not acceptable to established standards. At the Workplace, there are over one hundred rules of conduct and behavior; the terms and conditions for workplace behavior and conduct are explicitly stated. It is not easy to avoid blame or ‘sin’ while you work for wages or salary. The workplace often uses a scoring system by awarding points for each type of misconduct and the points earned will invariably lead to corrective action which includes dismissal from service.
My idea is not about changing workplace terms and conditions for employment. I am proposing an original plan for ‘Sin Removal’ and ‘Sin Disposal’ Service that will promote the ‘Whole Team’ Members’ happiness to boost up the wage earner’s excellence in the performance of the workplace tasks.
My proposal for ‘Sin Removal’ and ‘Sin Disposal’ Service would have the following features:
1. An Official “SCAPEGOAT” of the Whole Team,
2. An Official High Priest, a designated ‘Team Leader’ or a designated ‘Facility Team Leader’ who is given the powers by the Employer to “TRANSFER” the blame and sin of any given employee and place it on the head of the “ScapeGoat,”
3. An official designated day of ‘Atonement’ or on the US holiday Labor Day, the “ScapeGoat” will be dispatched to the desert to safely and securely dispose of all the blame and sin, and
4. On successful conclusion of the Sin Disposal Mission, the “ScapeGoat” returns to the workplace from the desert.
THE SCAPEGOAT SERVICE-WHOLE TEAM-WHOLE LABOR-WHOLE REWARD-THE SIN REMOVAL AND THE SIN DISPOSAL SERVICE:
ScapeGoat Service is a legitimate Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service that is currently offered only to Whole Team Members as a Whole Reward for their Whole Labor.
Scapegoating is the practice of singling out an employee or the member of a group for unmerited negative treatment or blame. I fully condemn the unjust and unfair practice that is popularly known as “Scapegoating.”
What is the meaning of the Scapegoat?
In Hebrew tradition, ‘ScapeGoat’ is a specially chosen he-goat over the head of which the ‘High-Priest’ of the ancient Jews confessed the sins of the people on ‘The Day of Atonement’ (YOM KIPPUR), after which the goat was allowed to escape into the wilderness.
This practice of transferring the sins of a selected group of people such as the Israelites and placing the burden of sin on an entirely blameless creature was duly sanctioned by the LORD God. However, to make this practice a success, we must take care of the details; and in that context, I may quote a well-known statement, “The Devil is in the Details.” Firstly, we have to understand the Biblical traditions and the division of humanity into two separate kinds called the SHEEP and the GOATS.
Jesus, the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the World is not a Goat:
I read some articles posted by biblical scholars that compare Jesus Christ to the goats described in the Old Testament Book of Leviticus, Chapter 16, verses 7 to 26. Their interpretation is totally incorrect. The word ‘SHEEP’ when applied to man, it describes a person who is meek, submissive, and obedient. The word ‘GOAT’ when applied to man, it describes a person who could be wicked, rebellious, and lecherous. Sheep and Goats are animals that are often mentioned in the Holy Scriptures and Jesus Christ is best portrayed as “The Good Shepherd.”
It will be equally important to note that the Hebrew people made images or idols of calves and he-goats and even appointed priests to worship those idols. The Old Testament Book, 2 CHRONICLES, Chapter 11, Verse 15 mentions that King Rehoboam, son of King Solomon appointed priests for the goat and calf idols he made. Whereas there are no reported incidents that involve the worship of images or idols of sheep.
In the Book of Leviticus, Chapter 17, Verse 7, LORD GOD Commands, “They must no longer offer any of their sacrifices to the ‘goat idols’ (goat devils or demons) to whom they prostitute themselves.” Hebrew religious ceremonies and offerings at the Tabernacle included the sacrifice of both sheep and goats.
Lord God condemned the practice of idol worship and he blamed the people of Israel and the animals that are used in the practice of idolatry. The worship of he-goat idols constitutes the worship of devil or devils.
However, it must be noted that the plural word “Devils” occurs four times in The Old Testament. Twice, the term ‘devils’ represents “Sa irim” which means he-goats.
The Separation of the Sheep and the Goats:
In The New Testament Book Matthew, Chapter 25, Verses 31 to 46, the separation of human beings into Sheep and Goats is fully described. “When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, He will sit on His throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. The sheep will inherit the Kingdom prepared for them since the creation of the world. The righteous sheep receive the blessings of eternal life. But, the goats are cursed into the eternal fire and they will go away to eternal punishment.”
It makes abundantly clear the concept of Reward and Punishment and explains the meaning of sheep and goats as applied to mankind.
Who is Your Scapegoat?
The “ScapeGoat” used for the Sin Removal and the Sin Disposal Service will not be harmed or punished for carrying the burden of sins on its head. In my view, the “ScapeGoat” will be fully rewarded for doing its work in obedience to the LORD’S Commandment.
The ‘ScapeGoat’ is spared its life for a specific reason and it has a specific purpose and a mission to accomplish when set free in the wilderness.
The Concept of the Escaped Goat or Azazel:
The “escaped goat” is a fallen angel and got transformed into a desert demon or devil and must be recognized as a female or a she-goat.
I carefully examined the concepts of The Scapegoat and The Escaped Goat and found that the ‘ScapeGoat’ is an ’emissary goat’ that is sent to the wilderness to specifically meet the ‘escaped goat’. The Hebrew word “AZAZEL” primarily refers to “escape.” The ‘escaped goat’ did not escape from the Israeli camp. The ‘escaped goat’ had ‘escaped’ from God’s Kingdom in Heaven. For that reason, the ‘escaped goat’ is a ‘fallen angel’, a devil, or a demon. The gender of this ‘fallen angel’ must be interpreted as female for the ‘escaped goat’ is a she-goat or “ez + azal.” A male or he-goat is purposefully chosen as the ‘Escape Goat’ for it has the natural ability to deliver the sin to the devil or demon which is thought to be a she-goat.
I am pleased to announce that I am chosen or selected as the ‘ScapeGoat’ to provide the Sin Removal, and the Sin Disposal Service as a ‘Whole Reward’ to the ‘Whole Team’ Members for their ‘Whole Labor’. On a day of celebration such as the US Labor Day holiday, the ‘ScapeGoat’ will receive the blame and sin on its head giving the Whole Team Members to fully enjoy the glory of the fruits of their labor for all their faults and shortcomings are entirely removed and would be discarded in the wilderness.
It is surprising to note that both Hebrew and Christian Scholars have failed to interpret the word “AZAZEL.” Is that a place? Is that a person? Is that an action called ‘Escape’? In my view, “AZAZEL” describes a “Fallen Angel”, an Angel that deliberately escaped from God’s Kingdom in Heaven. Having escaped, the Angel got transformed into a ‘Devil’ and the ‘Devil’ can be easily recognized for the ‘Devil’ has horns and a tail.
We have to carefully understand the Biblical principles and practices to save people from punishment and harsh retaliation for their sinful conduct and behavior. While the Bible recommends a very rigid conduct code, it uses a flexible approach while giving punishment. Bible does not always demand punitive or retaliatory action while it deals with the problem of sinful conduct.
The Old Testament Book LEVITICUS, Chapter 16, verses 7 – 26 give a very detailed description of the practice called “The Day of Atonement.” The Bible gives the man a second chance, a chance to atone, redeem, and save himself for his shortcomings.
It is very interesting to find that the Bible has devised a mechanism to transfer the sins of an individual, or even a large group of individuals and place the burden on the head of an innocent creature whose life is spared while it finds an opportunity to dispose of the sins in a place far away from the community.
“But the goat chosen by lot as the scapegoat shall be presented alive before the LORD to be used for making atonement by sending it into the desert as a scapegoat (Leviticus 16:10).” Further, the Bible carefully describes the entire practice by which sin can be transferred. “He (the High Priest) is to lay both hands on the head of the live goat and confess over it all the wickedness and rebellion of the Israelites – all their sins – and put them on the goat’s head. He shall send the goat away into the desert in the care of a man appointed for the task. The goat will carry on itself all their sins to a solitary place; and the man shall release it in the desert (Leviticus 16:21-22).”
It is very clear that the Bible does not intend to punish or retaliate against the scapegoat which is used for Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service and the Bible insists that the life of the scapegoat must be protected by appointing a man for the task of dispatching it into the wilderness or desert.
I am applying the Biblical Tradition of Atonement to solve the problems of our Whole Team Members at the workplace. These hourly wage-earners who make a living on their labor or physical exertion deserve some help to get rid of the burden imposed by citations that they receive for violations of the workplace code of conduct and behavior. It should be understood that these workplace violations may not imply the violation of State or Federal Laws and may not be reported as State or Federal Crimes.
We need a flexible approach and we need a corrective action that may include the opportunity to transfer the blame and sin accrued by an employee to a blameless employee and give the employees the second chance. My proposal for Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service is unique and is the first of its own kind. In the entire US history, no person has ever shared my concept of protecting happiness and excellence in the workplace performance of employees by simply transferring, removing, and safely disposing of the sin burden by literally using another blameless employee as a “ScapeGoat.” To protect the life and well-being of the “ScapeGoat” the Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service needs refinement of the Biblical practice.
The Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service using the “ScapeGoat” is a vital Mission for ensuring the productivity and efficiency at the workplace as the employees cannot find happiness and excellence if they have to shoulder the burden of sin for violations of the code for conduct and behavior determined by the employer. At the same time, it must be realized that the “ScapeGoat” is not a sacrificial goat. I have carefully selected the desert near Las Vegas City, Nevada as the destination of the “ScapeGoat” to release its burden of sins in the wilderness.
There are several tactical advantages in choosing Las Vegas as the destination of the “ScapeGoat” to dump its burden of sin. Las Vegas has clearly established its reputation as “Sin City” and hence the City cannot object or restrict the Sin Removal and the Sin Disposal Service that involves using the desert near Las Vegas. Secondly, the City promoted itself using the Slogan, “WHAT HAPPENS IN VEGAS, STAYS IN VEGAS.”
For the successful execution of my ScapeGoat Mission, it is important that the sin that is removed and disposed of must not return to the workplace. Las Vegas makes an open commitment and promises that “What Happens In VEGAS, Stays In VEGAS.”
THE BIBLICAL LEGEND ABOUT “ESCAPED GOAT”
The phrase “ScapeGoat” was coined by William Tyndale in 1530. Tyndale was an English reformer and translator of the Bible. His work is the basis for the Authorized or King James Version of the Bible of 1611. But, unfortunately, he was executed for heresy in 1536. He could not get the chance or fortune to be a “ScapeGoat” and he carried the burden for the faults of the Church and its Clergy.
The phrase combines Scape + Goat and it is probably derived from Latin. Caper Emissarius which means Emissary Goat, or Greek. Tragos Aperchomenos which means Departing Goat. In the Hebrew tradition, the phrase is derived from “Sair La Azazel” which means a “Goat that Leaves.” But, the Hebrew word “AZAZEL” also refers to the name of a ‘Desert Demon’. In Hebrew, the phrase was coined to imply that the “ScapeGoat” is always a He-Goat and that the “She-Goat” or “EZ + AZAZEL had already left or escaped. The Emissary Goat or the Departing Goat has a purpose for it is sent to the wilderness to meet “AZAZEL” the Escaped She-Goat or its transformation, a Desert Demon. There is some connection between the Escaped She-Goat and the Desert Demon. To seek atonement, the Hebrew tradition is placing the burden of sins on a He-Goat and then releasing it in the desert or wilderness where it may have the opportunity to find the She-Goat or the Desert Demon which may eventually accept the burden of Sin delivered by the He-Goat. In my view, the safe and secure Sin Removal, and Sin Disposal Service may need an unknown Desert Demon or a She-Goat or a Female Deity who specializes in disposing of the burdens of human Sin.
I am pleased to invite Whole Team Members to use the services of “ScapeGoat” and find Happiness and Excellence in their workplace. There could be some financial costs involved in the Sin Removal and Sin Disposal Service. All Whole Team Members who apply for “ScapeGoat” Service will get a free 20 Oz box of 365 Everyday Value Mismatched Sandwich Cremes as a Welcome Gift.
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