purification
Understanding the Healing Process for a “Leper”

Understanding the Healing Process for a “Leper”

The healing process for tzaraat (a spiritual malady frequently mistranslated as leprosy) requires a series of sacrifices in the Temple. Two live birds are brought to the priest. Springwater is placed in an earthenware vessel, over which...

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The Ritual Bath: A Spiritual Rebirth

The Ritual Bath: A Spiritual Rebirth

In modern times, we rarely think of the state of our spiritual purity. We can go into a synagogue, travel where we want, handle fruits and vegetables and sit on any chair without thinking about the spiritual ramifications. But in ancient...

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Why Giving Birth Renders A Mother Impure

Why Giving Birth Renders A Mother Impure

Leviticus (chapter 12) discusses the laws relating to a woman who has given birth. It mandates a seven-day period of impurity for a woman after giving birth to a male, during which she is forbidden to her husband and is not able to come...

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Mikveh: Hoping for Purity

Mikveh: Hoping for Purity

After outlining which animals are permitted to be eaten, the Torah teaches that coming into contact with the carcasses of non-kosher animals is forbidden and renders a person impure (Leviticus 11). The Torah describes the process to...

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