MembersA Sacrifice Without Blemish

In the numerous speeches on the occasion of the Feast of Tabernacles, the red heifer was also mentioned.

By Aviel Schneider |
Photo: Nati Shohat/Flash90

A candidate for this special sacrifice is expected to come of age within the next two years. According to Numbers 19:2, we are talking about an “unblemished red heifer in which is no defect, and on which a yoke has never been placed.” An unblemished cow with red hide is rare. In biblical times a three-year-old red heifer was completely burnt up by a priest on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Its ashes, mixed with water, served to purify the people from their sins before they entered the Temple. The ashes of the cow are the last missing element for the reestablishment of the Temple service. In the eyes of these rabbis, the fate of the world is dependent...

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