Parashat Hukat / The Flow of Ritual Impurity

When the natural process of transition from life to death is reversed and a dead person is brought back to life, the categories of religious law become jumbled.

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“He that toucheth the dead, even any man’s dead body, shall be unclean seven days” ‏(Numbers 19:11‏) is what the Torah teaches in this week’s reading, Parashat Hukat.