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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

31 - REMOVING THE UNCLEAN


Numbers 5:2 -- “Command the children of Israel that they put out of the camp every leper, everyone who has a dicharge, and whoever becomes defiled by a corpse.”
Deuteronomy 23:11 -- “But it shall be, when evening comes, that he shall wash with water; and when the sun sets, he may come into the camp.”
Numbers 5:3 -- “You shall put out both male and female; you shall put them outside the camp, that they may not defile their camps in the midst of which I dwell.”

The Mishnah says: “The walled cities (of the land of Israel) are still hokier, for lepers must be sent out of them… The Temple Mount is still holier, for no man or woman that has a flux, no menstruant, and no woman after childbirth may enter it. The Rampart is still holier, for no idolater and none that has contracted uncleanness from a corpse may enter it. The Court of the Women is still holier, for none may enter it on the day of his immersion (because of uncleanness), although he would not thereby become liable for a sin-offering. The Court of the Israelites is still holier, for none whose atonement is yet incomplete may enter it, and one who did would thereby become liable for a sin-offering.”*

* Kel. I, 7, 8

Maimonides observes: “The object of the Sanctuary was to create in the hearts of those who enter it certain feelings of awe and reverence… But when we continually see an object, however sublime it may be, our regard for that object will be lessened, and the impression we have received from it will be weakened… For this reason the unclean were not allowed to enter the Sanctuary, although there are so many kinds of uncleanliness that (at any given time) only a few people are clean”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 47

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