The Red Heifer Lives On

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The Red Heifer Lives On

Fundamentally, the commandment of the red heifer—sprinkling its ashes upon the impure to purify them—is most unusual. One of its laws, however, expresses an important and powerful lesson. When the ashes of a new red heifer are prepared, the ashes of the new cow are mixed with the old ones. This was done with all the red heifers—from the first red heifer of Moses to the heifer to be prepared by Moshiach in the near future.
Lubavitcher Rebbe, Parshat Parah, Red Heifer
The Red Heifer Lives On
Disc 164, Program 654

Event Date: 21 Adar I 5749 - February 26, 1989

Fundamentally, the commandment of the red heifer—sprinkling its ashes upon the impure to purify them—is most unusual. One of its laws, however, expresses an important and powerful lesson. When the ashes of a new red heifer are prepared, the ashes of the new cow are mixed with the old ones. This was done with all the red heifers—from the first red heifer of Moses to the heifer to be prepared by Moshiach in the near future.

This continuity that exists in this commandment is not really unique, though; it’s representative of the story of the Jewish people in general. Our tradition goes all the way back to Moses, and will continue until the arrival of Moshiach and beyond.

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Francis Kinney Greenville, Fl March 8, 2018

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Would it be oversimplifying to talk about what might really happen when mixing certain types of ashes with water, especially in the context of purification?

I may be wrong, but the process sounds very similar to making old fashioned lye soap, which could be very caustic if done incorrectly. Reply

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