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Positive Mitzvah 108
This is not an error of duplication. The full-fledged version of this Mitzvah are many and change for those who are learning the one/three chapter a day. The Message for the day from "Bringing Heaven Down to Earth" at the end of this Mitzvah is different than that of yesterday.Positive Mitzvah 108: The Purifying Water
Numbers 19:21 "And he that touches the water of sprinkling (purification water), shall be unclean"
A person purifying himself after contact with a dead body must follow certain procedures. One step of his purification process involves Niddah Water.
This is a mixture of natural spring water, combined with the ashes of the Parah Adumah - the red heifer (cow). (See Positive Mitzvah 113).
This water possesses special qualities and when used properly, it can purify. However, it could cause the opposite effect on a person who touches the water for other purposes.
Imagine yourself sitting around a bonfire, enjoying the warmth, pleasant glow and atmosphere. Those same flames which cause so much pleasure, can also burn and destroy if one is careless.
Similarly, this purifying water can cause a person who misuses them to become impure.
Rabbi Hillel of Paritch used to say, "I don't like fools, but someone not too smart for himself is closer to the truth."
From: Bringing Heaven Down to Earth by Tzvi Freeman - firstname.lastname@example.org
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