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According to R Judah's comment in the Talmud he says seven days before Yom Kippur a standby wife was chosen for the Kohen Gadol

Tractate Yoma, Daf 2a

CHAPTER I

MISHNAH:

SEVEN DAYS BEFORE THE DAY OF ATONEMENT THE HIGH PRIEST WAS REMOVED FROM HIS HOUSE TO THE CELL OF THE COUNSELLORS AND ANOTHER PRIEST WAS PREPARED TO TAKE HIS PLACE IN CASE ANYTHING HAPPENED TO HIM [THE HIGH PRIEST] THAT WOULD UNFIT HIM [FOR THE SERVICE]. R'JUDAH SAID: ALSO ANOTHER WIFE WAS PREPARED FOR HIM IN CASE HIS WIFE SHOULD DIE.

How was she chosen and what category was used to select her?

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    With the same criterions as the first wife
    – kouty
    Commented Jan 5, 2022 at 19:32
  • he.wikisource.org/wiki/…
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 5, 2022 at 19:35
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    The Talmud continues: "What if the second wife dies too? En l'davar sof -- there is no end to the matter". But it does not answer the question. Commented Jan 5, 2022 at 19:56
  • possible duplciate judaism.stackexchange.com/q/33333/759
    – Double AA
    Commented Jan 6, 2022 at 16:25
  • I don't understand the problem. All marriages were arranged those days.
    – Al Berko
    Commented Jan 7, 2022 at 8:33

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