Acharei Mot: Chapter 20

An appointed man


We learn that certain people are prepared for certain things, so that one man is fit for achieving blessings while another is fit for curses. Bilaam was ready for evil but not prepared for good; even when he blessed his blessings were not fulfilled, but his curses always prevailed. There was a man who was recognizably fit to be the one to take the goat to the mountain and push it off. The goat is purchased with money from the whole congregation so that it atones for everyone.