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The Bahir

From: Jeffrey Smith 
Subject: RE: The Bahir
Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 07:37:25 -0500 (EST)

To be very precise, what is needed is the ashes of a red heifer 
sacrificed in the prescribed manner (which means, inter alia, sacrificed 
in the Temple Sanctuary).  For purification purposes, a very minimal 
amount of ash was needed, so one red heifer's ashes could last a long 
time;  the ashes of the last red heifer thus remained available for use 
for 2 or 3 centuries after the Temple was destroyed by the Romans, since 
the purification itself did not require a fully functioning Temple.  
A red heifer that apparently meets the Biblical requirements is alive in 
Israel, but until the Temple is rebuilt.....

  Jeffrey Smith
     Hillel said:  Be among the disciples of Aaron, loving peace
     and pursuing peace, loving people and bringing them closer to Torah.
     ----Mishnah Avot 1:12

On Fri, 31 Oct 1997, wrote:

> Jeff Smith wrote:
> In the technical sense, Merkavah mysticism has been impossible since the 
> ashes of the last Red Heifer were used up in purification rituals, 
> sometime around 350 CE (give or take a century
> I heard there was a red heifer born this year.  But, the Merkavah mystic rituals require not only ashes of a red heifer but the The Temple, as well. 
> Felicia Swayne
> Her ways are ways of pleasantness, And all Her paths are peace.
> A Tree of Life She is to those laying hold on her... [Proverbs 3:17-18]
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