Do the Jews still send scapegoats bearing the sins of the Jewish people to the wilderness once a year as commanded in Leviticus 16:22?

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    Not since the Temple was destroyed Commented Jul 10, 2023 at 13:09
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    Right, it's part of the sacrificial ritual. No Temple, no priestly garments for the priest, we don't do it.
    – Shalom
    Commented Jul 10, 2023 at 13:31
  • @Shalom this was done by not-a-priest outside the temple
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 10, 2023 at 14:16
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    But it needs to be selected by a priest alongside the other goat. Commented Jul 10, 2023 at 14:21
  • @clint does it? Does he need to be dressed to do so?
    – Double AA
    Commented Jul 11, 2023 at 0:37

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Sefer HaChinukh 185:

The commandment of the service of Yom Kippur: That the high priest do all the procedure of Yom Kippur, with the order of the sacrifices, the confessions, the sending away of the goat and the rest of the service, as it is written in the section of the Torah — as it is stated (Leviticus 16:3), “With this shall Aharon enter the Holy, etc.” until the end of the section ...

And all of this commandment is practiced at the time of the [Temple]. And now that — due to our iniquities — we have neither a Temple nor a high priest, neither serving garments nor sacrifices, all of Israel has been accustomed to serve on this day though our prayers and supplications. And [it is] as it is written (Hoshea 14:3), “and [instead of] bulls, we shall pay [the offering of] our lips.”

(translation by R. Francis Nataf, emphases mine)

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