Two tales of Satan at Mount Sinai when the Torah was given: the first demonstrates Moses’ imperviousness to the temptation of self-aggrandizement, the second shows how easily a mob can devolve into panic and evil in response to the whisperings of fake news and fake images. Back to the Mishnah, and the scarlet thread on the scapegoat of Yom Kippur. Shall we ask our Patriarchs to pray for us? They didn’t when they had the chance, says Rava. And they may not when asked in Heaven, says R’ Shmuel bar Nachmani, but Isaac is different. He will mount a strong defense of his descendants! Nevertheless, we should only turn to God when we seek mercy and atonement.