Ten Booths (continued)

These "stations" were actually booths, and food and drink were kept there in the event that the priest leading the scapegoat should feel physically unable to continue without breaking his fast. In such a case, he would be permitted to eat and drink - as the priest passed by each booth, they would call out to him: "There is food and water here!" Yet despite the distance and the heat, the Talmud records that no priest ever had to break his fast; the psychological advantage for the priests of knowing that the food and water were there should the need arise was enough. Distinguished citizens of Jerusalem accompanied the priest until the first booth; afterwards, men from each booth accompanied him as far as the next station.



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