8 Let your clothes always be freshly washed, and your head never lack ointment.
b’-khol AYT yih-YU v’-ga-DE-kha l’-va-NEEM v’-SHE-men al ro-sh’-KHA al yekh-SAR
ח בְּכָל־עֵת יִהְיוּ בְגָדֶיךָ לְבָנִים וְשֶׁמֶן עַל־רֹאשְׁךָ אַל־יֶחְסָר׃
9:8 Let your clothes always be freshly washed
The word l’vanim (לבנים), translated here as ‘freshly washed,’ literally means ‘white.’ Some explain that this verse refers to the High Priest’s service in the Temple on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. When he entered the Holy of Holies on that holiest day of the year, the Kohen Gadol wore special clothing that were entirely white, instead of his regular colorful attire. The goal of his service was to bring atonement to the entire Jewish people. The High Priest conducted the service wearing white, which is synonymous with purity, as Yeshayahu states regarding the purification of sin: “Be your sins like crimson, they can turn snow-white” (Isaiah 1:18). This verse instructs every person that their garments should always be white and freshly washed, meaning that one should strive to be in a constant state of purity and innocence.