Tuesday, July 1, 2014
To most students of the Torah, the narrative in the book of Bamidbar (Numbers) about the red heifer, a cow that is the key to purification of individuals and vessels used in the Holy Temple, is purely theoretical.
But it is taken very seriously by members of the Temple Institute, an organization in Jerusalem that is busy making preparations for the day that a third Temple will be rebuilt.
The ashes of the red heifer are necessary for the final preparation of the sacred vessels to be used in the Holy Temple, and for the purification of the kohanim (Temple priests) who will serve in the Holy Temple.
Recently, the theoretical turned to the possible when it was reported that a purely red cow was born in January on a farm in Arkansas. The owners of the red heifer, known as the parah adumah in Hebrew, contacted the Temple Institute to share the news and receive instructions concerning the proper care of the animal. The Temple Institute contacted a professional documentary film producer who provided this exclusive footage of the red heifer.
(A SPECIAL NOTE FOR NEW EMAIL SUBSCRIBERS: THE VIDEO IS NOT VIEWABLE DIRECTLY FROM THE EMAIL THAT YOU GET EACH DAY. YOU MUST CLICK ON THE TITLE AT THE TOP OF THE EMAIL TO REACH THE JEWISH HUMOR CENTRAL WEBSITE, FROM WHICH YOU CLICK ON THE PLAY BUTTON IN THE VIDEO IMAGE TO START THE VIDEO.)