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

111 - A LEPER TO SHAVE HIS HEAD


Leviticus 14:8 -- “He who is to be cleansed shall wash his clothes, shave off all his hair, and wash himself in water, that he may be clean. After that he shall come into the camp, and shall stay outside his tent seven days.”

The complete purification of the leper is thus accomplished in the following stages: (1) Having fulfilled the conditions laid down in Comm. 110, he ceases to convey uncleanness to any household through mere entrance therein. He remains, however, a ‘primary source of uncleanness’, and conveys uncleanness to men and to vessels by contact with them, though no longer by merely carrying them. (2) Having fulfilled the terms of Comm. 111, and having washed his clothes and immersed himself in a ritual bath, the leper, may at once eat of the Tithe. (3) With the sunset of the seventh day he may, if he is a priest, eat of the Heave-offering. (4) On the eighth day, he brings the offerings prescribed in Comm. 77. His purification then becomes complete in every respect, and he may thenceforth enter the sanctuary or eat of its hallowed things.*

* Mishneh Torah, Tohorah, Hilchoth Tumath Tzara’ath XI, 1- 2

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