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Parashah 27: Tzaria (She conceives)

Leviticus 12:1-13:59
(In a regular year, read with Parashah 28; in a leap year read separately.)

“Adonai said to Moshe, ‘Tell the people of Isra’el: If a woman conceives …” (Leviticus 12:1-2).

This parashah begins with Adonai’s instructions for women after they have babies, thus the title, ‘she conceives.’ The regulations covered miscarriage and stillbirths as many conceived babies that did not make it to term or were born lifeless. These instructions protected a woman’s body after childbirth so that her womb would heal and she could conceive again.

Today many women give birth and, as soon as possible, return to the rat race of life. After my first child, I rushed back into life after the first week; after my second child, I wanted to set the record and was in church only several days after giving birth. Though my doctor told me that it would be approximately six weeks until my body had returned to normal, it didn’t stop me (or any other new mothers I knew) from trying to prove we were ‘super women.’

Then, my life changed. Over the next several years I experienced numerous miscarriages and a molar pregnancy that turned malignant.  During those trying times, I studied Torah and learned that Adonai had regulations for me and my body after childbirth, instructions that even my doctor had acknowledged. Many women will claim we no longer have to follow these instructions, but that is saying the Word is no longer valid because women and childbirth have somehow evolved. My heart was convicted by what I read and I decided the next time I had a child, I would do exactly as Adonai outlined.

“If a woman conceives and gives birth to a boy, she will be unclean for seven days with the same uncleanness as niddah, when she is having her menstrual period” (Leviticus 12:2).

Niddah is the Hebrew word describing the seven days when a woman is ‘unclean’ during her period and has not completed a mikveh or ritual bath. ‘Unclean’ means being ‘in a state of ritual impurity.’ These seven days are also known as tumah which refers to the period of time when sexual relations between a husband and wife are not to occur. Being ‘ritually impure’ or ‘unclean’ does not mean a woman is in a sinful state or inferior.  It is quite the opposite.  Scripture emphasizes the holiness inherent in a woman’s cycle to create and nurture a new life within her womb.  When as woman is ‘ritually impure,’ it only means she is incapable of conceiving a child.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Menses or niddah – נדה – nun, dalet, hey
– life pathway revealed

Ritually Impure or tumah – יומה – yod, vav, mem, hey
– finished work of the mighty binding, revealed

Ritual Bath or mikveh – מקווה – mem, kof, vav, vav, hey
– what is behind the mighty sign of the covenant, revealed

Niddah is different from zivah or an unnatural flow of blood. This was the condition of the woman in Mark chapter 8 who grabbed hold of Yeshua’s tzizit in order to be healed.   Niddah is a natural impurity necessary for the creation of human life while zivah is unnatural and has different regulations. Specific to niddah, a woman would mikveh or have a cleansing bath at the end of her menstrual cycle as a sign that she was ‘clean’ and capable of conceiving a child.   This is what Batsheva (Bathsheba) was doing when King David saw her bathing on her rooftop and why she conceived a child so quickly. Her body was ready to conceive.

After having a baby boy, a woman is ritually impure for seven days. Purification from blood requires a mikveh or ‘ritual bath.’  The word mikveh has been translated to ‘baptism’ with the idea of a ‘once and done’ immersion; however, in the Bible, a mikveh was done often and for many  different reasons. 

“She is to wait an additional thirty-three days to be purified from her blood; she is not to touch any holy thing or come into the sanctuary until the time of her purification is over” (Leviticus 12:4).

The new mother is to wait another 33 days until she is purified from blood and ready to conceive again. The complete time of purification for a son was 40 days or six weeks; the number of days my doctor said it would take for my body to return to ‘normal.‘   It seems that science supports Adonai’s instructions!

During a woman’s time of ritual impurity, she is not to touch any holy thing or come into the sanctuary until the time of her purification is over (something I strived to do).  On the eighth day, when a baby boy is circumcised, the father presents the child to the priest because the mother is still not purified from blood. This is why Joseph took Yeshua to the Temple for his b’rit milah. Miryam was still in her days of purification. Today, baby boys are circumcised before they come home from the hospital. They are given an injection so their blood will coagulate. This is what happened with my first son. However, when a baby boy is circumcised on the eighth day, the baby begins to naturally produce the hormone for blood clotting and does not need this injection.

Staying away from the sanctuary, a woman would not come in contact with anything holy. Over the centuries, man-made rules, some even based on Torah, became more of a burden for both men and women, especially married couples. During the time of niddah, a woman was not to sleep in the same bed as her husband, use the same blankets or even touch her husband. Strict Orthodox Jewish men and women do not pass objects to each other, flirt with one another or watch each other undress. There are even some sects who have separate chairs so that a man will not use the same furniture as a woman during her time of niddah. Some Orthodox men do not shake a woman’s hand because he is never sure if she is ‘ritually unclean’ and it’s impolite to ask.

If a woman gives birth to a daughter, she is ritually impure for two weeks as in her time of niddah. Sixty-six days later or 11 ½ weeks, she is purified from blood. The difference between the son and daughter is because a baby girl carries a higher degree of holiness due to her own biological capability of conceiving children. Not only did the woman need a longer time of purification from blood, but she purified her daughter too.

After the days of a woman’s purification were complete, she was to bring a lamb in its first year as a burnt offering and a young pigeon or dove as a sin offering to the priest at the entrance of the Tabernacle. If a woman was too poor for a lamb, doves or pigeons would be accepted as the offering.

“When the time came for their purification according to the Torah of Moshe, they took him up to Yerushalayim to present him to Adonai (as it is written in the Torah of Adonai, “Every firstborn male is to be consecrated to Adonai)” and also to offer a sacrifice of a pair of doves or two young pigeons, as required by the Torah of Adonai” (Luke 2:22-24).

My third child was a boy. My husband and I made the decision to follow the instructions for childbirth. We waited for his circumcision until he was eight days old. He did not have a hormone injection as we knew it was already in his body. The name of our doctor was Cohen, so a Jewish priest actually circumcised our son on the eighth day. At that time, we publicly named our son, Jacob. I stayed at home with him, not leaving for church or even grocery shopping, for the next 33 days. I allowed my body to cleanse and purify itself for six weeks.

The blessings I received during that time were very different from my first two children. Not being in public places, I had no worries about my son getting sick or being stressed. Nursing was more relaxed and my son established a daily routine that worked for both of us. I had a happy and contented baby and created a bond with him that was and still remains unique. When I finally took him out into the world, he was ready to meet people and I was aware of how he expressed his needs.

As for the mikveh, I still had some way to go in my sanctification process. I decided with my next child, I would do the purification mikveh. Unfortunately, circumstances in our lives at the time of my second daughter’s birth did not allow it. Our house was for sale and it sold on the day she was born. We were given six weeks to pack and move as the new owner wanted to occupy it as soon as possible. Though I did all that I could to maintain a quiet home for my baby girl, packing and moving was not conducive to allowing my body to heal nor bond with my daughter the way I desired. All the blessings that I received with my son, I did experience with my daughter. However, at my time of purification for a girl, 11 weeks later, I was cleansing my new house from an infestation of insects. In the process, I found the remains of a bird that had died in the chimney. I started a fire in the fireplace and burned it up. Perhaps that was Adonai’s intervention for my desire to purify myself and present a purification offering!

Tzara’at

“The things that come out of the mouth come from the heart, and these make a man ‘unclean’.  For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony, slander.  These are what make a man unclean” (Matthew 15:18-20).

The Hebrew word tzara’at is translated as ‘leprosy,’ but it is not what would be considered leprosy today. Tzara’at describes a skin condition that includes swelling and whitish red spots on the torso.  Tzara’at and metzorah, the word for ‘leper,’ have the same Hebrew root. The rabbis believed tzara’at which literally means ‘one who spreads slander’ was a physical manifestation of a person’s spiritual condition or a supernatural discipline. In other words, tzara’at is brought on by sins like lying, false vows, pride, and slander.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Tzara’at (Skin Infection) – צרעת – tzade, resh, ayin, tav
– pull toward to the highest authority, understand the sign

Metzorah (One Diseased) – מצרע – mem, tzade, resh, ayin
– pull toward the chaos, the highest authority see

Lashon harah (Evil Tongue) – לשון הרה – lamed, shin, vav, nun – hey, resh hey
– urge forward and consume the binding of life
– behold the highest authority revealed

Aaron and Miryam, Moshe’s brother and sister, were afflicted with tzara’at because they slandered their brother’s Ethiopian wife, and became arrogant over Moshe as leader of Isra’el. They felt they were just as important as their brother because they also heard Elohim speak. In Hebrew, this is called lashon hara or an ‘evil tongue’ and includes gossip and backbiting as well as slander. Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh burned with anger against them, came down in a column of cloud, and stood at the entrance to the Mishkan.

“Listen to what I say: when there is a prophet among you, I, Adonai, make myself known to him in a vision, I speak with him in a dream. But it isn’t that way with my servant Moshe. He is the only one who is faithful in my entire household. With him I speak face to face and clearly, not in riddles he sees the image of Adonai. So why weren’t you afraid to criticize my servant Moshe?” (Leviticus 12:6-8)

When the cloud lifted from above the Mishkan, Miryam had tzara’at as white as snow. Aaron looked at his sister and immediately understood that they had acted with lashon hara. Moshe cried to Adonai and Miryam was healed. However, she was sent out of the camp for seven days, not because she was contagious, but because she needed to be alone and meditate on her sin and the Rapha-El – the Healer.

Adonai does not take lashon hara lightly because our words edify or tear down an individual or a leader.   In the case of Moshe, the chosen leader of Elohim’s people, lashon hara could not be tolerated because gossip and slander spread like a disease.

“An ungodly man digs up evil, and his lips is a scorching fire.  A perverse man stirs up dissension, and a gossip separates close friends” (Proverbs 16:27-28).

Selah
The Sack Full of Feathers

A woman repeated a story (gossip) about a neighbor. Within a few days everyone in the community knew the story. The person she talked about heard what had been said about her and she was sorry. Later, the woman who had spread the story learned that it was not true. She was very sorry and went to a wise rabbi and asked what she could do to repair the damage.

After giving this some thought, the rabbi said to her, “Go home, get one of your feather pillows, and bring it back to me.” Surprised by the rabbi’s response, the woman followed his advice and went home to get a feather pillow and brought it to the rabbi.

“Now,” said the rabbi, “open the pillow and pull out all the feathers.” Confused, the woman did what she was told to do.

After a few minutes, the rabbi said, “Now, I want you to find every one of the feathers and put them back into the pillow.”

“That’s impossible,” said the woman, almost in tears. “The window is open and the wind has scattered them all over the room and blown many feathers outside. I can’t possibly find them all.”

“Yes,” said the rabbi. “And that is what happens when you gossip or tell a story about someone else. Once you talk about someone, the words fly from one person’s mouth to another, just like these feathers flew in the wind. Once you say them, you can never take them back.”

Where’s the Doctor?

Among the people of Isra’el there were no doctors. Allopathic medicine through drug use was condemned by Adonai as sorcery; natural remedies from plants and essential oils were used for some illnesses (Isaiah 6:1, Ezekiel 16:9, James 5:14). Though Luke was a doctor, there is no record of him treating any patients, and Yeshua never sent anyone to Luke or any other doctor for healing.

Diagnosing disease, especially skin disease, was the responsibility of the priests because only a priest could declare someone ‘clean’ or healed from their ‘uncleanness.’ When presented with a skin issue, a bright spot on their skin, the priests isolated the individual for observation until they could determine whether or not it was an infectious disease or the individual was ‘clean.’  

This was a traumatic event as the individual had to live outside the camp in isolation. They had to wear torn clothes or filthy rags,  have unbound hair, and cover their upper lip while crying out to anyone they may see, “Unclean, unclean…” (Leviticus 13:45). This is probably what Miryam had to do at the sudden appearance of tzara’at. She was publicly marked by her sin and had to declare that she was ‘unclean’ and needed to repent. Only after Miryam’s seven-day isolation had been completed was she allowed back into camp allowing Isra’el to move.

When people get sick today, rather than isolate themselves, they continue to congregate at work or other social events and infect others.   Epidemics begin this way, but Elohim’s regulations minimized the spreading of disease.

This list of skin conditions and sores the priests had to observe is quite long and involved, but basically the priest asked four questions to determine whether the skin issue was ‘clean’ or ‘unclean.’ Was the skin color red or white? Was there swelling? What was the color of the hair in the sore? Was it a scab or a blemish?

For example, if an individual had a sore that appeared to go deep into the skin and the hair had turned white, the infection was tzara’at and the person was ‘unclean.’ If the bright spot on the skin was white, but did not appear to go deep into the skin and its hair had not turned white, the person was isolated for seven days. After the seven days, the sore was reexamined. If the sore had not changed, the person was isolated for another seven days. If after 14 days of isolation, the sore had faded and did not spread, it was considered a scab. The individual would be ‘clean’ and was required to wash his clothes. If the scab spread after being declared ‘clean,’ the sore would have to be examined again. If the priest determined the sore had spread, it was considered a skin disease.

If a person had a sore and the priest saw it was white and inflamed with swelling on the flesh and the hair had turned white, it was considered a chronic skin condition. The individual was declared ‘unclean,’ but not isolated because it was not going to spread.

If a skin condition broke out all over a person’s body from head to toe, the priest was to examine him. If the tzara’at covered the entire body and turned white, the individual was considered ‘clean.’ If one day, the flesh appeared inflamed, the individual was declared ‘unclean’ with a skin infection.

Boils, Burns, Sores and Rashes

Boils or eruptions, shechin, that had healed needed to be inspected by the priest to determine if a skin disease had broken out in the boil. If it spread, the individual was ‘unclean,’ if it didn’t, it was considered a scar from the boil.

A burn caused by a fire that became a bright spot, reddish-white or white was examined by a priest to determine if a skin infection had made the individual ‘unclean.’  If the burned area became faded and was not lower than the skin around it, the individual was isolated for seven days to make sure there was no infection that could spread. If the area remained faded, it was considered a scar from the burn.

If a sore was on the head or in the beard of a man, it had to be observed by the priest. Yellow was a sign of puss, an infection, and the man would be isolated for seven days.  If the infection had not spread and was no longer yellow, the man would shave and be isolated for seven more days.  If the infection had not spread, the priest would declare the man ‘clean.’  The man washed his clothes and had a time of purification. If, after the time of purification, the crusted area spread, with or without pus, the man was declared ‘unclean.’  If there was a black hair in the crusted area, it was considered healed and the person was ‘clean.’

Dull white spots on the skin were considered a rash and the individual was ‘clean.’ If a man’s hair fell from his scalp or the front part of his forehead, his baldness was considered ‘clean.’ If the man developed a sore on his head that was reddish-white and swollen, it was a skin disease and the man was considered ‘unclean.’

From some of the descriptions of skin diseases, it is possible to recognize chicken pox (raised sores turning to scabs), measles (a rash) and rubella (red blotches that turn the hair white). Whether or not these exact diseases existed in the days of Moshe, they could become an epidemic unlike a raised and itchy mosquito bite, a pimple, heat rash or blisters from walking miles in the wilderness.

According to Adonai’s regulations, tzara’at can affect clothing with a red or greenish stain whether it is wool, linen or leather. If a garment had such a stain, it was taken to the priest who would isolate the garment for seven days.  After seven days, if the stain had spread, the garment was to be completely burned.  If it had not spread, the garment was washed and isolated for seven more days.   If the stain remained, it was rotten material and was burned.   If the stain faded after being washed, then the stain was torn out of the garment.  If it completely disappeared after being washed, it was washed again in order to be determined ‘clean.’

Hebrew Word Pictures
Baheres (Bright spot) – בהרת – bet, hey, resh, tav
– family reveals the highest authority sign
Spiritual root: the attempt to exonerate oneself by speaking against another,
to clarify or rationalize a behavior that was sinful

Sapachas (Swelling): – ספחס – samech, peh, chet, samech
– support the source and protect, support
Spiritual root: joining a group of people who speak against others

Seeth (Rising spot in the skin, scab) – שאת – shin, alef, tav
– consume the first strength sign
Spiritual root: speaking against others in order to raise one’s own stature

A Humble Man

“Now this man Moshe was very humble, more so than anyone on earth” (Numbers 12:3).

The Hebrew word anav means ‘humble or meek.’ Meek is defined as quiet, gentle, and submissive. This is how Adonai describes Moshe.

Moshe had grown up in Egypt in Pharaoh’s palace. From the evidence of the new Pharaoh’s character when Moshe returned to Egypt, he was arrogant over the Elohim of Isra’el and the Hebrew people. It was from this 40-year Egyptian lifestyle that Moshe ran and ended up in Midian. During the next 40 years, he lived with the family of the priest of Midian putting his royal past behind and learning to be a shepherd.

When Adonai called to him from the burning bush, Moshe prostrated himself and took off his shoes as he stood on holy ground. Whether or not he knew of Elohim from his father-in-law or had childhood memories from his mother is not known, but he understood protocol in the presence of holiness and submitted to Elohim’s command.

Called from shepherding sheep to lead the enslaved sheep of Isra’el from Egypt, Moshe made excuses, not because of pride, but because he understood he was not a leader of men, but a man who herded sheep. With Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh’s promise to be with him, he returned to Egypt and encouraged the Hebrews to trust in Adonai. In front of Pharaoh, he remained resolute and spoke only the words that Adonai told him. Throughout the judgments on Egypt, his faith never wavered and he remained submissive to Adonai. His respect for Elohim brought him to anger when Pharaoh’s hardened heart initiated the death of the firstborn of Egypt.

After the Israelites left Egypt, Moshe continued to be steadfast in his responsibility to bring the Hebrews to the mountain and worship Adonai. He willingly became the mediator between Isra’el and Elohim though he wanted the people to see and understand the compassion and faithfulness of their Deliverer. In righteous anger, with the humility of a man who could not comprehend why the Israelites would sin against Adonai, he destroyed the first stone tablets. When Adonai’s anger was about to destroy the nation, Moshe interceded for their lives, not for their sake, but for the sake of the name of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh. Moshe embraced Adonai’s instructions and passed them onto Isra’el with faithfulness. Through his leadership, the Tabernacle was perfectly made, so perfectly the glory of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh descended and made His dwelling with His chosen people.

Moshe was an example of a true prophet, serving and honoring Adonai. He was given the privilege of speaking with Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh panim el panim unlike any other prophet before or since. It is to Moshe that Yeshua is compared so when Aaron and Miryam lashon hara this meek, humble man of faith, they were judged with tzara’at.

Yeshua, the Rafa-El

“But to you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings; and you will break out leaping, like calves released from the stall” (Malachi 4:2).

The allusion in Malachi is to the Messiah, the ‘sun of righteousness.’ Wearing a talit or ‘prayer shawl,’ it would appear as if he had kanap or ‘wings’ when he raised or lowered his arms. By touching the tassels or tzizit on the four corners of his talit, one would receive healing.

“Among them was a woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years and had suffered a great deal under many physicians. She had spent her life savings; yet instead of improving, she had grown worse. She had heard about Yeshua, so she came up behind him in the crowd and touched the tzizit on his robe; for she said, ‘If I touch even his clothes, I will be healed.’ Instantly the hemorrhaging stopped, and she felt in her body that she had been healed from the disease. At the same time, Yeshua, aware that power had gone out from him, turned around in the crowd and asked, ‘Who touched my clothes?’ His talmidim responded, ‘You see the people pressing in on you; and still you ask, ‘Who touched me?’ But he kept looking around to see who had done it. The woman, frightened and trembling, because she knew what had happened to her, came and fell down in front of him and told him the whole truth; confessed in front of everyone why she had touched him. ‘Courage daughter,’ he said to her, ‘your trust has healed you. Go in peace, and be healed of your disease” (Matthew 9:20, Mark 5:25-34, Luke 8:43-48).

After 12 years of living in isolation due to an issue of blood, this woman went into a crowd and reached out in faith to touch the only One who could heal her body and save her from the humiliation of living as an outcast. In the process, she touched other people inadvertently and made them all ‘unclean.’ In Luke’s account, she is forced to publicly confess her ‘unclean’ state and how she had been immediately healed. In Matthew’s account, Yeshua commends her courage and sends her away saying, “My daughter, your trust has saved you; go in shalom.”

“Once, when Yeshua was in one of the towns, there came a man completely covered with tzara‘at. On seeing Yeshua, he fell on his face and begged him, ‘Sir, if you are willing, you can make me clean.’ Yeshua reached out his hand and touched him, saying, ‘I am willing! Be cleansed!’ Immediately the tzara‘at left him. Then Yeshua warned him not to tell anyone. ‘Instead, as a testimony to the people, go straight to the cohen and make an offering for your cleansing, as Moshe commanded’” (Luke 5:12-16).

“On his way to Yerushalayim, Yeshua passed along the border country between Shomron [Samaria] and the Galil. As he entered one of the villages, ten men afflicted with tzara‘at met him. They stood at a distance and called out, ‘Yeshua! Rabbi! Have pity on us!’ On seeing them, he said, ‘Go and let the cohanim examine you!’ And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, as soon as he noticed that he had been healed, returned shouting praises to God, and fell on his face at Yeshua’s feet to thank him. Now he was from Shomron. Yeshua said, ‘Weren’t ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? Was no one found coming back to give glory to God except this foreigner?’ And to the man from Shomron he said, ‘Get up, you may go; your trust has saved you’” (Luke 11:17-19).

Selah
Yeshua followed Torah by telling the ‘cleansed’ men to go to the priest. The only man who returned is from Samaria, a foreigner.

In Matthew 9:5, Yeshua asks, “Tell me, which is easier to say, ’Your sins are forgiven’ or ‘Get up and walk’?” showing that sin in the heart does cause illness, disease and even handicaps. True healing, not the management of disease, comes only through the power of Adonai.

As the royal priesthood, it is important to read the Scriptures and analyze disease and illness through a spiritual lens. We are instructed to go to an elder, not a medical doctor, for prayer and anointing. Most ‘elders’ do not understand the spiritual roots of disease so they can’t deal wit the iniquity in the heart. To learn more about healing illness in the body by discovering their spiritual roots, read A More Excellent Way by Henry J. Wright.

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Parashah 20: Tetzaveh (You are to order)

Exodus 27:20-30:10

“You are to order the people of Isra’el to bring you pure oil of pounded olives for the light and to keep a lamp burning continually” (Exodus 27:20).

The olive tree is one of the oldest cultivated trees in the world. It probably developed from the wild Mediterranean olive, Olea Europaea, which grows from Portugal throughout the Middle East into the Arabian Peninsula.

The Israelites pounded olives from the olive tree to produce oil. When pounded, the olive loses its physical appearance and only its essence is extracted. Yeshua was beaten, lost his physical appearance, and his life essence was poured out; however, he was only one olive and it takes thousands of olives to produce olive oil. The Menorah, made of hammered gold, already symbolizes Messiah being beaten and bruised. To continue with honest exegesis, the olives beaten into the oil that give the Menorah the ability to shine in the darkness must be ‘someone’ different.

Yeshua talks about the value of oil in Matthew 25 and the Parable of the Ten Virgins. The wise virgins had oil for their lamps when the Bridegroom arrived, but the foolish ones had allowed their oil to run out. While they ran to purchase more oil, their Beloved arrives and they miss the reward of entering the wedding chamber. In the Parable, the lamps are not the Bridegroom or even the Bride, but the Word of Elohim (Psalm 119:105). The oil is the Ruach haKodesh, the other part of worshiping Elohim in Spirit and Truth (John 4:24).

Romans 11 compares Isra’el to an Olive Tree. On this tree there are natural branches along with ingrafted wild ones. Both types of branches produce the same fruit –– olives! The root of the Olive Tree is Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the patriarchs of faith. From them came the nation of Isra’el, the natural branches producing olives, who have been relentlessly pounded through the millennia by severe persecution and near annihilation. Their beatings began with slavery in Pharaoh in Egypt, continued with Haman in Persia, Antiochus Epiphanes in the Syrian Empire and the Spanish Inquisitions through the Holocaust in Europe. Wild olives grafted into the Olive Tree have also been pounded through persecutions leading to martyrdom. The next and greatest pounding of all olives will come during the Tribulation.  Some olives will be chosen to proclaim the name of Yeshua to the world; others will lose their heads.  With each pounding of the olives, their essence remains, and the pure oil of their faith continues to light the Menorah that shines brightly in this dark and evil world.

Garments for the High Priest

“This is to be a perpetual regulation both for Aaron and his descendants” (Exodus 28:43).

The Hebrew word for ‘priest’ is cohen (cohanim, plural) and comes from a root that means ‘base’ such as the ‘base of a column.’  The cohanim are the structural support of the Israelite community.  It is their responsibility to carry out the will of Adonai, intercede for the people and keep the community in relationship with Adonai.

Adonai’s calling of cohanim came to Aaron and his sons, Nadav, Avihu, El’azar and Itamar. They were to have holy garments, worn only by them, when they went into the Mishkan. The unique garments for Aaron and his sons gave them dignity and splendor in front of the community bringing them respect as priests of Adonai. When they removed the consecrated garments, they became ‘ordinary people.’ 

As priests serving Adonai in the Tabernacle, they walked on ‘holy ground.’ While they ministered to the people, served at the Altar, and fellowshipped in the Holy Place, they did so in bare feet.

Selah
Moshe took off his sandals when he stood before the burning bush –– ‘holy ground.’

Hebrew Word Pictures
Priest or cohen – כהן – kaf, hey, nun
– open the revealing of life

Priesthood or cohanim – כהנים – kaf, hey, nun, yod, mem
– open and reveal the finished work of the mighty life

Spirit of Wisdom

“If you will turn (repent) and give heed to my reproof, behold I will pour out my spirit of wisdom upon you, I will make my words known to you” (Proverbs 1:23, AMP).

The priestly garments were made by a few craftsmen who were given the ‘spirit of wisdom’ so they could accomplish the work necessary. These craftsmen had to be wholehearted toward Adonai so they could hear His words. At this time, the Ruach Elohim was not inside everyone, but with only a select few. After Yeshua ascended to his Father, the Ruach haKodesh was poured into those who were circumcised in their heart (John 14:15).

It is through the Ruach of wisdom that these craftsmen gained a deep and intimate knowledge of the ‘heavenly’ Tabernacle and their Creator. The Ruach of wisdom is Messiah Yeshua who gives insight into the mysteries and secrets of Elohim.

“But to those who are called, whether Jew or Gentile,  Messiah is the power of God and the wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24).  

“In my prayers I keep asking the God of our Lord Yeshua the Messiah, the glorious Father, to give you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you will have full knowledge of him” (Ephesians 1:16-17).

Gold Thread and Fine Linen

One of the projects of the craftsmen was to make gold thread. There is not a gold coating on the threads. These craftsmen had to know how to create thread from gold that would not break and could be worked into fabric.

The process of hammering gold into an extremely thin, unbroken sheet is called ‘goldbeating.’ Egyptian craftsmen recognized the extraordinary durability and malleability of gold and became the first goldbeaters. They pounded gold using a round stone to create the thinnest gold leaf possible.

Most goldbeaters use 23 karat gold.  They put the gold in a pot and melt it in a furnace.  When liquified, the gold is poured into a mold and cast into a bar.  The gold bar is rolled in a mill until it is 1/1000 of an inch thick. After being rolled, the thin ribbon of gold is cut into 1-inch squares as preparation for beating.

The first step of beating is called the Cutch which uses a fabric to interleave the gold as it was being beaten. Originally, the Cutch was made of 150 skins of ox intestine, but parchment or mylar is used today in order to handle the hours of repeated hammer blows needed to beat the gold.

The gold is beaten on a large heavy block of marble or granite.  Beating of the Cutch takes about one hour using a fifteen pound hammer.  The goldbeater follows a pattern and sets up a rhythm of about seventy strokes per minute.  The Cutch packet is rotated and turned to ensure the gold inside expands evenly in all directions to about 4 inches square.  The gold is taken out of the Cutch and each piece is cut into four smaller pieces with a knife and put in a packet called a Shoder which has 1,500 skins.  The Shoder is beaten for about three hours until the gold expands into a 5-inch square.

The gold is taken out of the Shoder and placed on a leather-covered surface.  The gold is now so thin that the cutter can simply blow on it to flatten it out.  Using a wooden implement called a ‘wagon,’ the gold is quickly cut into four pieces and placed in a packet called a Mold for the final beating.  The Mold, coated with gypsum powder to prevent the gold from sticking to the skins, contains 1,500 pieces of gold.  The Mold is beaten with an 8-pound hammer for three to four hours until it is a circle about six inches in diameter.  The finished leaf forms an unbroken sheet of gold with a thickness of 1/250,000 of an inch.

Gold is a symbol of divinity showing the Divine Presence would be woven throughout the articles for the Tabernacle, including the high priest’s garments. Fine linen symbolizes purity. Aaron and his sons were to be the examples of purity for Isra’el, judging and living righteously before the Divine Presence.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Linen or karpas – כרפס – kaf, resh, peh, samech
– to open to the highest authority, the source of support

The Ritual Vest – Ephod

“Calling to mind the sons of Isra’el.  Aaron is to carry their names before Adonai on this two shoulders as a reminder” (Exodus 28:12).

The ephod was made of gold with blue, purple, and scarlet yarn with finely woven linen. These colors are used throughout the Mishkan. Blue symbolized the heavens, purple symbolized royalty, and scarlet was the color of sacrifice through the lineage of Judah. Along with the gold thread of the Divine Presence, the colors foreshadowed the coming High Priest from heaven, the Divine Presence of Adonai on earth –– Yeshua.

Attached to the front and back of the ephod were two shoulder pieces that could be fastened together. It had a belt made by the same skilled craftsmanship. Two onyx stones were engraved with the names of the sons of Isra’el according to their birth order with six names on each stone. They were made as a seal and put on the shoulder pieces of the ephod to remind Aaron of the sons of Isra’el when he came before Adonai. The two stones, called the urim and the tumim, were also placed in the breastplate and used for judging Isra’el. They were over Aaron’s heart and gave him the means for making wise decisions when standing before Adonai.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Ritual Vest or ephod – אפוד – alef, peh, vav, dalet
– first strength, source of the binding to the pathway

The Breastplate

“Make a breastplate for judging. The stones will correspond to the names of the twelve sons of Isra’el; they are to be engraved with their names as a seal would be engraved, to represent the twelve tribes” (Exodus 28:15,21).

The breastplate was made like the ephod with gold thread, blue, purple, and scarlet yarn, with finely woven linen. When it was folded in half, it would be square –– “a hand-span by a handspan” (Exodus 28:16). The breastplate was attached with gold rings and twisted gold chains that connected the pieces together over the shoulder and over the ephod.

The legal term which describes the entire process of justice and ‘judging’ is tzadak and means ‘righteousness.’ In the Septuagint, the word dikaios is used for ‘righteousness’ and describes those who conform to Adonai’s Torah.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Breastplate or choshen – חושן – chet, vav, shin, nun
– protect the mighty binding of life

“Aharon will carry the names of the sons of Isra’el on the breastplate for judging, over his heart, when he enters the Holy Place, as a continual reminder before Adonai” (Exodus 28:29).

Four rows containing three precious stones were to be set in gold. On each stone was engraved a name of one of the son’s of Isra’el so the breastplate would represent the 12 Tribes of Isra’el. The stones listed below are the colors the Temple Institute in Jerusalem believe are the most reliable Biblical stones. It is believed the colors of the stones matched the color of the flags carried by each tribe as the Israelites traveled in the wilderness.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Righteousness or tzadak – צדיק – tzade, dalet, yod, kof
– pull toward to the pathway, what is behind the finished work

The Robe

“Aharon is to wear it [the robe] when he ministers, and its sound will be heard whenever he enters the Holy Place before Adonai and when he leaves, so he won’t die” (Exodus 28:35).

The high priest’s robe was made entirely of blue representing the heavenly realm.   It had an opening around the neck edge with a border woven like the neck of a coat of chain mail, though it was not actual chain mail. Only warriors wore literal chain mail implying the priestly robe symbolized a garment of battle. As the intercessor between Adonai and Isra’el, there would be many battles, both physical and spiritual, to be fought whether from actual physical enemies or the spiritual idolatry that would entice the Israelites.

The position of the high priest was one of great responsibility.  Everything had to be done in perfect obedience to the commands of Adonai or the high priest would die. Along the bottom of the robe’s hem, pomegranates crafted of blue, purple, and scarlet yarn alternated with gold bells –– gold bell, pomegranate, gold bell, pomegranate. The bells were placed on the hem of the robe so Adonai would know when the high priest entered the Most Holy Place and allow him to live.

Pomegranates are found throughout Scripture as a symbol of fruitfulness. They are one of the seven species found in the Promised Land and brought to the Temple as offerings (Deuteronomy 8:8).   Hundreds of pomegranates were carved on the pillars of Solomon’s Temple (1 Kings 7:18,20).   The Song of Songs refers to pomegranates in Solomon’s love song to his bride (Song of Songs 4:13, 6:11, 7:12, 8:2).   The pomegranate is found on ancient Jewish coins; and in Jewish tradition, the pomegranate has 613 seeds representing the 613 mitzvot of Torah.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Robe or me’il – מטילֹ – mem, tet, yod, lamed
– the mighty twisting, the finished work of the shepherd

Pomegranate or rimon – רמון – resh, mem, vav, nun
– highest authority, the mighty binding to life

Mitznefet – Priestly Turban

“Because Aharon bears the guilt for any errors committed by the people of Isra’el in consecrating their holy gifts, this ornament is always to be on his forehead, so the gifts for Adonai will be accepted by him” (Exodus 28:38).

An ornament of pure gold was put on the mitznefet or turban worn by the high priest. It was engraved as a seal with the words ‘Kadosh l’yod-hey-vav-hey’ (Holy to Adonai).  It was fastened to the turban with a blue cord on the front over Aaron’s head. Because the high priest wore the ornament, the consecrated gifts of Isra’el would be accepted by Adonai.

Selah
The mitznefet is part of the modern-day infantry wear of the Israeli Defense Forces. It is a floppy mesh cover over the helmet that camouflages the helmet and protects head of the soldier.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Turban or mitznefet – מצנפת – mem, tzade, nun, peh, tav
– consume and pull toward life, the source of the covenant

The Tunic, Belt and Undergarments

Ketonet  is a general Hebrew term for clothes. It is used in Genesis when ketonet or coverings were made for Adam and Eve in the Garden after they sinned.  It is  also used for the unique robe given to Joseph by his father. ‘Clothes’ in the Greek is himation and means ‘robe’ like the ketonet. The tunic or ketonet for the high priest was checkered and woven of fine linen along with the turban and belt.  The ketonet covered the entire body from head to foot and had long sleeves.

According to rabbinical writings, the avnet or belt was long and needed to be wrapped around the body several times.  Though no one knows exactly how it was wrapped, it may have crossed over the heart.  The Talmud explains this was done as atonement for the impure thoughts of the nation of Isra’el.  Yeshua taught that sin begins with iniquity in the heart, and the sash may have been symbolically used for reminding the high priest that the sins of Isra’el began in the heart.

The high priest also wore miknesevad or undergarments consisting of linen shorts reaching from waist to thigh covering his bare flesh.  He wore these ‘boxer shorts’ when he approached the Altar to minister in the Holy Place so he wouldn’t incur guilt and die.  The miknesevad kept the priest from exposing his ‘private parts’ when going up to minister at the Altar. When the Temple was built, there were numerous steps the priests would climb and the undergarments kept their ‘private parts’ from being exposed.

Aaron’s sons, the priesthood who minister at the Altar, also wore tunics, belts, and head coverings to show the dignity and splendor of the priestly position.  They were anointed and set-apart to serve Adonai in the office of cohen.

When I was growing up, my mother told to always wear underclothes: bras, panties, and slips. Of course, I asked her ‘why.’ She explained the priests in the Temple wore under clothes for modesty so we should too. I was young and had never read the priestly regulations, but I never questioned her wisdom. In my adult years, I have had conversations with women, young and old, about wearing undergarments. Many have no conviction about what they are revealing to the world. I am grateful my mother taught me ‘priestly’ modesty that I have tried to pass on to my daughters (and sons). Because I am part of a royal priesthood, dressing with dignity and splendor became central to how I present myself to the world, but more importantly how I dress to honor my High Priest.

Hebrew Word Pictures
Tunic or ketonet – כתנת – kaf, tav, nun, tav
– to cover life’s sign of the covenant

Sash or avnet – אונת – alef, vav, nun, tav
– first strength binding to the covenant of life

Undergarments or miknesevad – מכנסי-בד – mem, kaf, nun, samech, yod, bet, dalet
– the mighty covering of life, proping the finished work of the house and pathway

Preparation for Ministry

“Take one young bull and two rams without defect, also matzah, matzah cakes mixed with olive oil, and matzah wafers spread with oil – all made from fine wheat flour, put them together in a basket and present them in the basket, along with the bull and the two rams… bring them to the entrance of the tent of meeting, and wash them with water” (Exodus 29:1-3).

To consecrate Aaron and his sons for ministry in the Tabernacle, one bull and two rams were to be offered to Adonai along with a basket of unleavened bread, cakes and wafers. Aaron and his sons were washed at the entrance to the Tabernacle.  One by one, each of the priestly garments were put on Aaron: the undergarments, tunic, robe, ephod and breastplate.  The turban was placed on his head along with the gold ornament ‘Kadosh to yod-hey-vav-hey.’ He was anointed by pouring olive oil over his head allowing it to run down his body.

“Oh, how good, how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in harmony. It is like fragrant oil on the head that runs down over the beard, over the beard of Aharon, and flows down on the collar of his robes” (Psalm 133:2).

Aaron’s sons were also dressed in tunics, sashes, and head coverings. The office of the Aaronic priesthood and the high priest lineage was theirs by a permanent regulation, meaning forever (Exodus 29:9). Whenever there is a Temple in Jerusalem, the Aaronic priesthood will serve at the Altar because Adonai made a forever covenant with them. This is the fourth covenant given in Scripture. Just like the covenants given to Noach, Abraham and Isra’el, the covenant with Aaron is not removed or replaced by any other covenant.

“Therefore say, ‘I am giving him [Aaron] my covenant of shalom, making a covenant with him and his descendants after him that the office of cohen [priesthood] will be theirs forever.’ This is because he was zealous on behalf of his God and made atonement for the people of Isra’el” (Numbers 25:13).

The Process of Consecration

The Sin Offering
Aaron and his sons laid hands on the bull’s head and slaughtered it at the entrance to the Mishkan.  Some of the bull’s blood was put on the horns of the Altar with the finger; the rest was poured out at the base. All the fat covering the inner organs, including the liver and kidneys, was burnt up as an offering.  The bull’s flesh, skin, and feces were taken outside the camp and burnt up. Aaron and his sons laid their hands on one of the two rams’ heads and slaughtered the ram.  Its blood was splashed on all sides of the Altar. It was quartered and burnt up on the Altar as a burnt offering.

The Burnt Offering
From the second ram, some of its blood was put on Aaron’s right ear lobe and the right ear lobes of his sons, on the thumbs of their right hands, and the big toe of their right foot.  The rest of the blood was splashed on the side of the Altar. Some of the blood that was on the Altar was mixed with the anointing oil and sprinkled on Aaron’s garments and his sons’ garments so that everything would be consecrated. The fat of the ram, from its tail to the fat covering its inner organs and kidneys, and its right thigh along with one loaf of bread, one cake of oiled bread, and one wafer from the basket was put in their hands.  They waved them as a wave offering in the presence of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh.  Everything was burned up on the Altar on top of the bull. “It will be a pleasing aroma before Adonai, it is an offering made to Adonai by fire” (Exodus 29:25)

The Peace or Shalom Offering
The breast of the second ram was waved as an offering and became food for Aaron and his family.   Every breast and thigh or anything that was meant for Aaron and his sons was waved and became the consecrated portion of food for Aaron and his sons. “It will be a contribution from the people of Isra’el from their peace offerings, their contribution to Adonai” (Exodus 29:28).

The consecration process took seven days with sin offerings and atonement offerings made for the Altar each day.   The atonement for the Altar made it holy along with whoever touched the Altar.

The priests were to take a ram of consecration and boil its meat in a holy place. Aaron and his sons were to eat the ram’s meat and the bread in the basket at the entrance to the Tabernacle.  They were to eat the atonement foods –– no one else was to eat this food because as it was holy only for them.   If any food remained until the morning, it was to be burned up.

Daily Offerings

Twice a day, everyday, in the morning and evening, two lambs, a year old, were offered on the Altar with finely ground flour mixed with oil from pressed olives along with wine as a drink offering. “This will be a pleasing aroma an offering made to Adonai by fire” (Exodus 29:41).

A nesek or drink offering was poured out at the base of the Altar and accompanied a burnt, peace, or grain offering.  This practice went as far back as Jacob who poured a drink offering on his standing stone.  Drink offerings of either wine or a stronger alcohol were consumed in the fire of the Altar. The drink offering was given to Adonai and considered His ‘drink’ (Numbers 15).

Hebrew Word Pictures
Drink offering or nesek – נסך – nun, samech, kof
– life supports the pathway

The Divine Presence

“Through all your generations this is to be the regular burnt offering at the entrance of the tent of meeting before Adonai.  There I will meet with you to speak with you.  There I will meet with the people of Isra’el and the place will be consecrated by my glory.  I will consecrate the Tent of Meeting and the Altar, likewise I will consecrate Aaron and his sons to serve me in the office of cohen.  Then I will live with the people of Isra’el and be their God: they will know that I am Adonai their God, who brought them out of the land of Egypt in order to live with them. I am Adonai their God” (Exodus 29:42-46).


Each day with the daily offerings, Adonai would meet and speak with Aaron and the priests. He would meet with the people of Isra’el and consecrate them along with the Tabernacle, the Altar, and the priests. He would live with them and be their Elohim. This is a ‘shadow’ of the restoration of the Kingdom when Adonai’s glory is with mankind and He will live with His people and be their Elohim (Revelation 21:3).

Yeshua is the physical dwelling place of Adonai’s glory. He is the visible image of the invisible Elohim (Colossians 1:15). Anyone who has seen him has seen the Father (John 14:9). Though his glory is veiled, we will see it when he appears because we will see him as he really is (1 John 3:2).

The Hebrew word for ‘glory’ is kavod and means ‘honor, glory, imposing presence or position.’ Though abstract in essence, when it is attached to something that is seen, there is revelation. Through His kavod, Adonai expresses Himself more specifically to His people. His glory was in the cloud and the pillar of fire that guided the Israelites in the wilderness.  In Psalm 24:8, the kavod of Adonai is ‘strong and mighty in battle’ meaning His victory over the enemy can be seen.  In 1 Corinthians 11, man is the kavod of Adonai while woman is the kavod of man. Kavod is used for ‘honor’ in the commandment to ‘honor your father and mother.’ Kavod also carries with it the inference that it has weight or heaviness as to ‘let the weight of Adonai’s glory fall.’ 

The word Shekinah is not found in the Scriptures, but has come to mean the ‘Divine Presence’ of Elohim appearing in a specific locality. The word is derived from the Hebrew sheken and means ‘to settle, inhabit or dwell.’ Mishkan has the same root. Whoever first used the word Shekinah used it as a noun form to describe the physical manifestation of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh that settles in a way that is perceivable. Zechariah 2:8-11 and 1 Samuel 4:21 both support the Shekinah, the divine visitation of Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh on earth that comes and goes. The Talmud says, “Whenever ten men are gathered in prayer, the Shekinah rests.”  Yeshua referred to this Talmudic concept when he said, “For wherever two or three are assembled in my name, ’I Am’ there with them” (Matthew 18:20).

Hebrew Word Pictures
Glory or kavod – כבד – kaf, bet, dalet
– to cover the house, the pathway

Shekinah –  שכן – shin, kaf, nun
– consume and open life

Altar of Incense

“It [the Altar of Incense] is especially holy to Adonai” (Exodus 30:10).

Within the Holy Place was the Altar of Incense. It was made of Acacia wood, 18 inches square and 3 feet high. Like the Altar of Sacrifice, it had horns made as one piece with it. Everything was overlaid with gold. Gold rings were put under the moulding at the corners on both sides for inserting carrying poles.   The poles were made of Acacia wood overlaid with gold. The Altar of Incense was placed in front of the Holy Curtain separating the Holy of Holies from the Holy Place.

Aaron was to burn fragrant incense on the Altar of Incense every morning and evening when he prepared the lamps for the Menorah in the morning or lit them at dusk. No unauthorized incense was to be burnt on the Altar of Incense nor any burnt or grain offering.  No drink offering was to be poured on it.  Once a year on the Day of Atonement, atonement for the Altar of Incense was made on its horns with blood from the sin offering.

“All the people were outside, praying, at the time of the incense burning, when there appeared to him an angel of Adonai standing to the right of the incense altar. Zechariah was startled and terrified at the sight” (Luke 1:10-12 ).

Yeshua and the Priestly Garments

 High Priest, Cohen
“But this one, after he had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, sat down at the right hand of God, from then on to wait until his enemies be made a footstool for his feet. For by a single offering he has brought to the goal for all time those who are being set apart for God and made holy” (Hebrews 10:12-14).

Spirit of Wisdom
“But a branch will emerge from the trunk of Yishai, a shoot will grow from his roots. The Spirit of Adonai will rest on him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and power, the Spirit of knowledge and fearing Adonai …” (Isaiah 11:1-2).

Breastplate and Turban
“He put on righteousness as his breastplate, salvation as a helmet on his head; he clothed himself with garments of vengeance and wrapped himself in a mantle of zeal” (Isaiah 59:17).

The Belt
“Justice will be the belt around his waist, faithfulness the sash around his hips” (Isaiah 11:5).

Gold
“Upon entering the house, they saw the child with his mother Miryam; and they prostrated themselves and worshiped him. Then they opened their bags and presented him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11).

Ritual Vest, Heart For Isra’el
“He said, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Isra’el’” (Matthew 15:24).

“Yerushalayim! Yerushalayim! You kill the prophets! You stone those who are sent to you! How often I wanted to gather your children, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, but you refused!” (Matthew 23:37)

The Robe
“A woman who had had a hemorrhage for twelve years approached him from behind and touched the tzitzit on his robe” (Matthew 9:20-21).

Tunic, Undergarments
“After they had nailed him to the stake, they divided his clothes among them by throwing dice” (Matthew 27:35).

Linen
“Yosef purchased a linen sheet; and after taking Yeshua down, he wrapped him in the linen sheet, laid him in a tomb which had been cut out of the rock, and rolled a stone against the entrance to the tomb” (Mark 15:46).

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Priest – Hebrew: Cohen

כהן

Cohen means ‘priest’ as in the Levitical priesthood. It means ‘one who officiates.’ Cohen is found 286 times in the Old Testament; 72 in the new.

The priests of Israel descended from the Tribe of Levi, the high priests from the Levitical family of Aaron. The Levitical priesthood had responsibilities within the Tabernacle. They were also to be teachers of Torah. They received no land inheritance because their inheritance was to be a priest of God.

“Summon the tribe of Levi, and assign them to Aharon the cohen, so that they can help him” (Numbers 3:6).

“But the L’vi’im have no share with you, because the office of cohen to Adonai is their inheritance; and Gad and Re’uven and the half-tribe of M’nasheh have received their inheritance beyond the Yarden to the east, which Moshe the servant of Adonai gave them” (Joshua 18:7).

“Yes, he will rebuild the temple of Adonai; and he will take up royal splendor, sitting and ruling from his throne. There will be a cohen before his throne; and they will accept each other’s advice in complete harmony” (Zechariah 6:13).

“Her cohanim [priests] have done violence [destroy] to my Torah, profaned my holy things, made no difference between the holy and the common, not distinguished between unclean and clean, hidden their eyes from my shabbats, and profaned me among themselves” (Ezekiel 22:26).

“Ezra the cohen brought the Torah before the assembly, which consisted of men, women and all children old enough to understand. It was the first day of the seventh month” (Nehemiah 8:2).

“Adonai has sworn it, and he will never retract — “You are a cohen forever, to be compared with Malki-Tzedek” (Psalm 110:4).

Hebrew Word Pictures

כ Kaf – A Wing means ‘to open’ or ‘to allow.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

ן Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for cohen: to open the revealing of life.

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