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 19:1  19:2
19:1 First Reading First Reading
God spoke to Moses and Aaron, telling them that
Vayedaber Adonay el-Moshe ve'el-Aharon lemor.
19:2 the following is declared to be the Torah's decree as commanded by God:

Speak to the Israelites and have them bring you a completely red cow, which has no blemish, and which has never had a yoke on it.
Zot chukat hatorah asher-tsivah Adonay lemor daber el-beney Yisra'el veyikchu eleycha farah adumah tmimah asher eyn-bah mum asher lo-alah aleyha ol.




Commentary:

God spoke...
  According to tradition, this was said on 1 Nissan of the second year of the Exodus, the day when the Tabernacle was erected (Gittin 60a,b). It is mentioned now because it was used to purify the people after Miriam's death (Numbers 20:1; Josephus, Antiquities 4:4:6).

completely red
  If it has two or more hairs that are not red, it is invalid (Parah 2:5).

cow
  At least three years old (Parah 1:1; Yad, Parah Adumah 1:1).

blemish
  See Leviticus 22:18-22.





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