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

106 - THE ZAVAH


Leviticus 15:25-30 -- 25 “If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days, other than at the time of her customary impurity, or if it runs beyond her usual time of impurity, all the days of her unclean discharge shall be as the days of her customary impurity. She shall be unclean. 26 Every bed on which she lies all the days of her discharge shall be to her as the bed of her impurity; and whatever she sits on shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her impurity. 27 Whoever touches those things shall be unclean; he shall wash his clothes and bathe in water, and be unclean until evening. 28 But if she is cleansed of her discharge, then she shall count for herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean. 29 And on the eighth day she shall take for herself two turtledoves or two young pigeons, and bring them to the priest, to the door of the tabernacle of meeting. 30 Then the priest shall offer the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering, and the priest shall make atonement for her before the LORD for the discharge of her uncleanness.”

The importance of physical cleanliness in the religious life of Israel is stated by Maimonides in the following words: “Bodily cleanliness leads to the sanctifying of the soul and protects it from reprehensible opinions and evil designs. The sanctifying of the soul again is productive of an earnest striving to become godlike, according to the words of Scripture, “You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy” (Leviticus 11:44); “for I the LORD, who sanctify you, am holy.”(Leviticus 21:8)*

* Mishneh Torah, Tohorah, Hilchoth Tumath Ochlin XVI, 12

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