Culture, Mishegas, Religion

In our mouths and in our hearts: Day 36

Today: The end of the 142 Temple/sacrifice-related mitzvot and the beginning of ritual purity
436. “When she becomes clean of her discharge, she shall count off seven days … On the eighth day she shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons, and bring them to the priest at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting.” (Leviticus 15:28-29) = the offering of the zavah, a woman who has had an abnormal discharge
437. “On the completion of her period of purification, for either son or daughter, she shall bring to the priest, at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting, a lamb in its first year for a burnt offering, and a pigeon or a turtledove for a sin offering.” (Leviticus 12:6) = a woman after she gives birth
438. “When a man with a discharge becomes clean of his discharge, he shall count off seven days … On the eighth day he shall take two turtledoves or two pigeons and come before God at the entrance of the Tent of Meeting and give them to the priest.” (Leviticus 15:13-14) = the zav, a man who has had an abnormal discharge
439. “On the eighth day s/he shall take two male lambs without blemish, one ewe lamb in its first year without blemish, 3/10 of a measure of choice flour with oil mixed in for a meal offering, and one log of oil.” (Leviticus 14:10) = someone who has recovered from tzara’at, a mysterious skin disease
440. “One may not exchange or substitute another for it, either good for bad, or bad for good.” (Leviticus 27:10) = an animal designated as an offering
441. “If one does substitute one animal for another, the thing vowed and its substitute shall both be holy.” (Leviticus 27:10)
442. “A firstling … of animals cannot be consecrated by anyone.” (Leviticus 27:26) = as a firstborn, it’s already consecrated, and can’t be given a different type of holiness (e.g. olah or chatat); likewise, something that is already consecrated as one thing can’t be turned into another thing
443. The laws of tum’ah (ritual impurity) due to a dead body (Numbers 19:11-16)
444. The procedure of the red cow (Numbers 19:2-10)
445. The laws of the ashes of the red cow (Numbers 19:17-22) = a person who was tamei (impure) due to a dead body can become tahor (pure), but in the process, the person who sprinkles the water containing the ashes becomes tamei
446. The procedures for diagnosing tzara’at (Leviticus 13:2-44)
447. “Be careful about an affliction of tzara’at.” (Deuteronomy 24:8) = don’t cut it off
448. “S/he shall not shave the scall.” (Leviticus 13:33) = scaly eruption in the hair or beard
449. “As for the person with tzara’at, his/her clothes shall be rent, his/her head shall be left bare, and s/he shall cover over his/her upper lip, and s/he shall call out, ‘Unclean! Unclean!'” (Leviticus 13:45)
450. The procedure for one who has recovered from tzara’at (Leviticus 14:1-8)

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