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Purity and Impurity in Judaism
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In Classical Judaism, purity (tohorah) and uncleanness (tum'ah) carry forward Pentateuchal commandments that the holy people, Israel, when eating, procreating, and worshiping God in the Temple, is to avoid certain sources of contamination. The principal one of these i…

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Neusner, Jacob, “Purity and Impurity in Judaism”, in: Encyclopaedia of Judaism. Consulted online on 17 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-9029_EJ_COM_0149>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004141001, 20040701



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