What's Impure About Giving Birth?!

The Bible's Strange Laws Of Impurity After Childbirth

Ami Silver
Ami Silver
Writer

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This parsha is chock-full of obscure laws about ritual impurity and purity (tumah and tahara in Hebrew). And as if ancient purity laws aren't confusing enough, the opening laws in this parsha are particularly confusing – and even kind of disturbing. They're about a mother's state of tumah caused by giving birth. What's impure about birth? Why would it cause tumah?


In this video, Ami explores this difficult set of laws, and discovers a surprising story hiding within the text. Seeing these laws in light of that story will help us understand what they're about, and what they still mean for us today. Come take a look!


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