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YOMA 73 (13 Tamuz) - Today's Daf is dedicated to the blessed memory of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Seymour Ira Gottlieb (Yitzchak Shimon ben Chaim Shlomo Yosef ha'Levi, Z"L), who died in Word War II on the 13th of Tamuz 5704 in the battle of St. Lo, France, fighting the Nazis to save his Jewish brethren in Europe.


1. The Gemara describes the process of asking a question to the Urim v'Tumim.
2. The person asked his question, and the Kohen Gadol answered with the answer given by the Urim v'Tumim.
3. One would ask a question of the Urim v'Tumim in a very low voice.
4. One was not permitted to ask the Urim v'Tumim two questions at once.
5. The decree of a Navi may be reversed, but not that of the Urim v'Tumim.


1. The person faced the Kohen Gadol, while the Kohen Gadol looked at the Urim v'Tumim and at the name of Hashem that was in the Choshen.
2. The Tana Kama says that the Kohen Gadol prefaced his answer by saying, "So says Hashem." Rebbi Yehudah says that he did not say this.
3. He was not allowed to ask in a loud voice nor by merely thinking his question.
4. If one did so, only the question that was supposed to be the first question (even if he asked it second) was answered.
5. The words of a prophet can be reversed if the people repent and cause the decree to be repealed, as was the case with the prophecy of Yonah regarding Nineveh.

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