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Daily manna from the Torah by Dr Ketriel Blad

Chukat 39-1

The statute of

Numbers 19:1-17

Whoever touches the dead body of anyone and fails to purify himself defiles the LORD's tabernacle. That person must be cut off from Israel. Because the water of cleansing has not been sprinkled on him, he is unclean; his uncleanness remains on him.

Num. 19:13 NIV

Is there a red heifer nowadays?

The Sacred One of Israel is a living being. The fundamental aspect of the true faith, the Jewish, faith is that we serve a living God. Pagan gods are all dead but we serve a living Being who sees, feels, listens, thinks, talks, takes action and holds everything that exists together. That living Being is the source of life. Death is the outcome of being away from Him. Death is the opposite of life and life is in the Eternal who lives forever and gives life to every living being.

Death and life cannot coexist. Therefore, if a man touches a corpse he is contaminated ritually and physically by that contact with death and in that state, he cannot come physically before the Eternal in the sense of entering the earthly tabernacle. Therefore, the Eternal established a means of purification from that contact with death so that man can access the earthly tabernacle after being contaminated. This purification lasted seven days and it was the only way to gain the right to enter before the physical presence of the Sacred One.

Since man's body was created from dust, the Eternal established dust, the ashes from a red heifer, as a means of purification.

The Temple Institute is carrying out the preparations for the building of the third temple, www.templeinstitute.org. In the spring of 2010, during an interview, Rabbi Chaim Richman acknowledged that they have at least one kasher (kosher) red heifer to be able to start the temple service. See also www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBXaIBuRO3I

Throughout history, nine red heifers have been prepared for the water of purification, and this one would be the tenth one. By the Eternal's hand, a red heifer has been born in the most necessary moments for this ceremony. Throughout the land of Israel - at this time - there have been several red heifers appearing. And that is a sign that may very well be pointing to the construction of the third temple and letting us know that its construction may very well be at hand.

Shavua tov,


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