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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

76 - A PRIEST WHO IS A TEVUL YOM MINISTERING IN THE SANCTUARY


Leviticus 21:6 -- “They shall be holy to their God and not profane the name of their God, for they offer the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and the bread of their God; therefore they shall be holy.”

A tevul yom is one who, having contracted any uncleanness for which it is ordained that he shall be unclean until evening, has duly immersed himself in a ritual bath and must still wait for sunset before he is fully clean.

A tevul yom was, however, permitted to perform the rite of the Red Heifer.* According to the Mishnah: “The elders of Israel used to go forth before them (i.e. before the priest and the heifer) on foot to the Mount of Olives. There was a place of immersion there; and they had first rendered unclean the priest who was to burn the heifer, because of the Sadduccees: that they should not be able to say: It must be performed only by those on whom the sun has set.”**

* See Pos. Comm. 133
** Parah, III, 7

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