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Bamidbar/Numbers  19:1 - 22

Chapter 19

1 Hashem spoke to Moses and to Aaron, saying,  2 This is the decree of the Torah, which Hashem has commanded, saying - Speak to the Children of Israel, and they shall take to you a completely red cow, which is without blemish, and upon which a yoke has not come.  3 You shall give it to Elazar the Kohen; he shall take it to the outside of the camp and someone shall slaughter it in his presence.  4 Elazar the Kohen shall take some of its blood with his forefinger, and sprinkle some of its blood toward the Tent of Meeting seven times.  5 Someone shall burn the cow before his eyes — its hide, and its flesh, and its blood, with its dung, shall he burn.  6 The Kohen shall take cedarwood, hyssop, and crimson thread, and he shall throw them into the burning of the cow.

7 The Kohen shall immerse his clothing and immerse himself in water, and afterwards he may enter the camp; and the Kohen shall remain contaminated until evening.  8 The one who burns it shall immerse his clothing and immerse himself in water; and he shall remain contaminated until evening.  9 A pure man shall gather the ash of the cow and place it outside the camp in a pure place. For the assembly of Israel it shall remain as a safekeeping, for water of sprinkling; it is for purification.  10 The one who gathered the ash of the cow shall immerse his clothing and remain contaminated until evening. It shall be for the Children of Israel and for the proselyte who dwells among them as an eternal decree.

11 Whoever touches the corpse of any human being shall be contaminated for seven days.  12 He shall purify himself with it on the third day and on the seventh day become pure; but if he will not purify himself on the third day, then on the seventh day he will not become pure.  13 Whoever touches the dead body of a human being who will have died and will not have purified himself — if he shall have contaminated the Tabernacle of Hashem, that person shall be cut off from Israel; because the water of sprinkling has not been thrown upon him, he shall remain contaminated; his contamination is still upon him.

14 This is the teaching regarding a man who would die in a tent - Anything that enters the tent and anything that is in the tent shall be contaminated for seven days.  15 Any open vessel that has no cover fastened to it is contaminated.  16 On the open field - Anyone who touches one slain by the sword, or one that died, or a human bone, or a grave, shall be contaminated for seven days.  17 They shall take for the contaminated person some of the ashes of the burning of the purification [animal], and put upon it spring water in a vessel.  18 A pure man shall take hyssop and dip it in the water, and sprinkle upon the tent, upon all the vessels, upon the people who were there, and upon the one who touched the bone, or the slain one, or the one that died, or the grave.  19 The pure person shall sprinkle upon the contaminated person on the third day and on the seventh day, and shall purify him on the seventh day; then he shall immerse his clothing and immerse himself in water and become purified in the evening.  20 But a man who becomes contaminated and does not purify himself, that person shall be cut off from the midst of the congregation, if he shall have contaminated the Sanctuary of Hashem; because the water of sprinkling has not been thrown upon him, he is contaminated.

21 This shall be for them an eternal decree. And the one who sprinkles the water of sprinkling shall immerse his clothing, and one who touches water of sprinkling shall be contaminated until evening.  22 Anything that the contaminated one may touch shall become contaminated, and the person who touches him shall become contaminated until evening.

 


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