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613 Mitzvot Listed by Category: Ritual Purity and Impurity

The challenge for believers in Yeshua today is knowing what instructions apply. Many have been taught that Torah is no longer valid for believers. What many fail to realize is that the New Covenant writings don't contradict Torah but affirms it. Messiah Himself provides us with proper instruction in how we are to live. The basis of His teaching is Torah. Below is a key that will help to understand what instructions are valid today, what can't be done, what applies to the Jewish people only, whether in the land or not. There are some instructions that are open for debate.

Valid for Believers Today Can No Longer Be Followed Applies to Israel Specifically Applies to Israel - but can be followed by Gentiles Open for Debate

Given to Israel specifically to incorporate judicial structure for the nation, many of these instructions can be followed by believers today.

Number Type Description Commandment Scripture
561 Positive That eight species of creeping things defile by contact 'The following are unclean for you among the small creatures that swarm on the ground: the weasel, the mouse, the various kinds of lizards, the gecko, the land crocodile, the skink, the sand-lizard and the chameleon. Leviticus 11:29 - 30
562 Positive That foods become defiled by contact with unclean things Any food permitted to be eaten that water from such a vessel gets on will become unclean, and any permitted liquid in such a vessel will become unclean. Everything on which any carcass-part of theirs falls will become unclean, whether oven or stove; it is to be broken in pieces they are unclean and will be unclean for you; Leviticus 11:34 - 35
563 Positive That anyone who touches the carcass of a beast that died of itself shall be unclean " 'If an animal of a kind that you are permitted to eat dies, whoever touches its carcass will be unclean until evening. Leviticus 11:39
564 Positive That a lying-in woman is unclean like a menstruating woman (in terms of uncleanness) "Tell the people of Isra'el: 'If a woman conceives and gives birth to a boy, she will be unclean for seven days with the same uncleanness as in niddah, when she is having her menstrual period. On the eighth day, the baby's foreskin is to be circumcised. 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. But if she gives birth to a girl, she will be unclean for two weeks, as in her niddah; and she is to wait another sixty-six days to be purified from her blood. Leviticus 12:2 - 5
565 Positive That a leper is unclean and defiles "If someone develops on his skin a swelling, scab or bright spot which could develop into the disease tzara`at, he is to be brought to Aharon the cohen or to one of his sons who are cohanim. The cohen is to examine the sore on his skin; if the hair in the sore has turned white, and the sore appears to go deep into the skin, it is tzara`at, and after examining him the cohen is to declare him unclean. If the bright spot on his skin is white, but it does not appear to go deep into the skin, and its hair has not turned white, then the cohen is to isolate him for seven days. On the seventh day the cohen is to examine him again, and if the sore appears the same as before and has not spread on the skin, then the cohen is to isolate him for seven more days. On the seventh day the cohen is to examine him again, and if the sore has faded and hasn't spread on the skin, then the cohen is to declare him clean it is only a scab, so he is to wash his clothes and be clean. But if the scab spreads further on the skin after he has been examined by the cohen and declared clean, he is to let himself be examined yet again by the cohen. The cohen will examine him, and if he sees that the scab has spread on his skin, then the cohen will declare him unclean; it is tzara`at. "If a person has tzara`at, he is to be brought to the cohen. The cohen is to examine him, and if he sees that there is a white swelling in the skin which has turned the hair white and inflamed flesh in the swelling, then it is chronic tzara`at on his skin, and the cohen is to declare him unclean; he is not to isolate him, because it is already clear that he is unclean. If the tzara`at breaks out all over the skin, so that, as far as the cohen can see, the person with tzara`at has sores everywhere on his body, from his head to his feet; then the cohen is to examine him, and if he sees that the tzara`at has covered his entire body, he is to pronounce the person with the sores clean it has all turned white, and he is clean. But if one day inflamed flesh appears on him, he will be unclean. The cohen will examine the inflamed flesh and declare him unclean; the inflamed flesh is unclean; it is tzara`at. However, if the inflamed flesh again turns white, he is to come to the cohen. The cohen will examine him, and if he sees that the sores have turned white, then the cohen is to declare clean the person with the sores; he is clean. "If a person has on his skin a boil that heals in such a way that in place of the boil there is a white swelling or a reddish-white bright spot, it is to be shown to the cohen. The cohen is to examine it; if he sees that it appears to be more than skin-deep, and its hair has turned white, then the cohen is to pronounce him unclean \emdash the disease of tzara`at has broken out in the boil. But if the cohen looks at it and doesn't see any white hairs in it, and it isn't more than skin-deep but appears faded, the cohen is to isolate him for seven days. If it spreads on the skin, the cohen is to declare him unclean; it is the disease. But if the bright spot stays where it was and has not spread, it is the scar of the boil; and the cohen is to declare him clean. "Or if someone has on his skin a burn caused by fire; and the inflamed flesh where it was burned has become a bright spot, reddish-white or white, then the cohen is to examine it; and if he sees that the hair in the bright spot has turned white and that it appears to be deeper than the skin around it, it is tzara`at; it has broken out in the burn, and the cohen is to declare him unclean; it is a sore from tzara`at. But if the cohen examines it and sees no white hair in the bright spot, and it is no more than skin-deep but looks faded, then the cohen is to isolate him for seven days. On the seventh day the cohen is to examine him; if it has spread on the skin, then the cohen is to declare him unclean; it is a sore from tzara`at. But if the bright spot stays where it was and has not spread on the skin but appears faded, it is a swelling due to the burn; and the cohen is to declare him clean; because it is only a scar from the burn. "If a man or woman has a sore on the head or a man in his beard, then the cohen is to examine the sore; if he sees that it appears to be deeper than the skin around it, with yellow, thin hair in it, then the cohen is to declare him unclean; it is a crusted area, a tzara`at of the head or beard. If the cohen examines the diseased crusted area and sees that it appears not to be deeper than the skin around it, and without any black hair in it, then the cohen is to isolate for seven days the person with the diseased crusted area. On the seventh day the cohen is to examine the sore, and if he sees that the crusted area hasn't spread, that it has no yellow hair in it, and that the crusted area is not deeper than the skin around it; then the person is to be shaved, except for the crusted area itself, and the cohen is to isolate him for seven more days. On the seventh day the cohen is to examine the crusted area; and if he sees that the crusted area has not spread on the skin and does not appear to be deeper than the skin around it, then the cohen is to declare him clean; he is to wash his clothes and be clean. But if the crusted area spreads after his purification, then the cohen is to examine him; and if he sees that the crusted area has spread on the skin, the cohen is not to look for yellow hair; he is unclean. But if the crusted area's appearance doesn't change, and black hair grows up in it, then the crusted area is healed; he is clean; and the cohen is to declare him clean. "If a man or woman has bright spots on his skin, bright white spots; then the cohen is to examine them. If he sees that the bright spots on the skin are dull white, it is only a rash that has broken out on the skin; he is clean. "If a man's hair has fallen from his scalp, he is bald; but he is clean. If his hair has fallen off the front part of his head, he is forehead-bald; but he is clean. But if on the bald scalp or forehead there is a reddish-white sore, it is tzara`at breaking out on his bald scalp or forehead. Then the cohen is to examine him; if he sees that there is a reddish-white swelling on his bald scalp or forehead, appearing like tzara`at on the rest of the body, he is a person with tzara`at; he is unclean; the cohen must declare him unclean; the sore is on his head. "Everyone who has tzara`at sores is to wear torn clothes and unbound hair, cover his upper lip and cry, 'Unclean! Unclean!' As long as he has sores, he will be unclean; since he is unclean, he must live in isolation; he must live outside the camp. Leviticus 13:2 - 46
566 Positive That the leper shall be universally recognized as such by the prescribed marks So too, all other unclean persons should declare themselves as such "Everyone who has tzara`at sores is to wear torn clothes and unbound hair, cover his upper lip and cry, 'Unclean! Unclean! Leviticus 13:45
567 Positive That a leprous garment is unclean and defiles "When tzara`at infects an article of clothing, whether it be a woolen or a linen garment, on the threads or the woven-in parts of either linen or wool, or on a hide or item made of leather; then if the stain on the garment, hide, threads, woven-in parts or leather item is greenish or reddish, it is an infection of tzara`at and is to be shown to the cohen. Leviticus 13:47 - 49
568 Positive That a leprous house defiles "When you have entered the land of Kena`an which I am giving you as a possession, and I put an infection of tzara`at in a house in the land that you possess, then the owner of the house is to come and tell the cohen, 'It seems to me that there may be an infection in the house.' The cohen is to order the house emptied before he goes in to inspect the infection, so that everything in the house won't be made unclean; afterwards, the cohen is to enter and inspect the house. He will examine the infection; and if he sees that the infection is in the walls of the house, with greenish or reddish depressions that seem to go in deeper than the surface of the wall, he is to go out of the house to its door and seal up the house for seven days. The cohen will come again on the seventh day and examine the house; if he sees that the infection has spread over its walls, he is to order them to remove the infected stones and throw them into some unclean place outside the city. Next, he is to have the inside of the house thoroughly scraped, and the scraped-off plaster is to be discarded outside the city in an unclean place. Finally, other stones must be set in the place of the first stones and other plaster used to replaster the house. If the infection returns and breaks out in the house after the stones have been removed and the house scraped and plastered; then the cohen is to enter and examine it. If he sees that the infection has spread in the house, it is a contagious tzara`at in the house; it is unclean. He must break down the house and take its stones, timber and plaster out of the city to an unclean place. Moreover, whoever enters the house at any time while it is sealed up will be unclean until evening. Leviticus 14:34 - 46
569 Positive That a man, having a running issue, defiles "Tell the people of Isra'el, 'When any man has a discharge from his body, the discharge is unclean. The discharge is unclean no matter whether it continues flowing or has stopped; it is still his uncleanness. Every bed which the person with the discharge lies on is unclean, and everything he sits on is unclean. Whoever touches his bed is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. Whoever sits on anything the person with the discharge sat on is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. Anyone who touches the body of the person with the discharge is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. If the person with the discharge spits on someone who is clean, the latter is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. Any saddle that the person with the discharge rides on will be unclean. Whoever touches anything that was under him will be unclean until evening; he who carries those things is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. If the person with the discharge fails to rinse his hands in water before touching someone, that person is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. If the person with the discharge touches a clay pot, it must be broken; if he touches a wooden utensil, it must be rinsed in water. " 'When a person with a discharge has become free of it, he is to count seven days for his purification. Then he is to wash his clothes and bathe his body in running water; after that, he will be clean. On the eighth day, he is to take for himself two doves or two young pigeons, come before Adonai to the entrance of the tent of meeting and give them to the cohen. The cohen is to offer them, the one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering; thus the cohen will make atonement for him on account of his discharge before Adonai. Leviticus 15:2 - 15
570 Positive That the seed of copulation defiles " 'If a man has a seminal emission, he is to bathe his entire body in water; he will be unclean until evening. Leviticus 15:16
571 Positive That purification from all kinds of defilement shall be effected by immersion in the waters of a mikvah " 'If a man has a seminal emission, he is to bathe his entire body in water; he will be unclean until evening. Leviticus 15:16
572 Positive That a menstruating woman is unclean and defiles others " 'If a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her body is blood, she will be in her state of niddah for seven days. Whoever touches her will be unclean until evening. Everything she lies on or sits on in her state of niddah will be unclean. Whoever touches her bed is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. Whoever touches anything she sits on is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. As soon as he touches the bed or something she sat on, he will be unclean until evening. If a man goes to bed with her, and her menstrual flow touches him, he will be unclean seven days; and every bed he lies on will be unclean. Leviticus 15:19 - 24
573 Positive That a woman, having a running issue, defiles 'If a woman has a discharge of blood for many days not during her period, or if her discharge lasts beyond the normal end of her period, then throughout the time she is having an unclean discharge she will be as when she is in niddah \emdash she is unclean. Every bed she lies on at any time while she is having her discharge will be for her like the bed she uses during her time of niddah; and everything she sits on will be unclean with uncleanness like that of her time of niddah. Whoever touches those things will be unclean; he is to wash his clothes and bathe himself in water; he will be unclean until evening. Leviticus 15:25 - 27
574 Positive To carry out the ordinance of the Red Heifer so that its ashes will always be available A man who is clean is to collect the ashes of the heifer and store them outside the camp in a clean place. They are to be kept for the community of the people of Isra'el to prepare water for purification from sin. Numbers 19:9
575 Positive That a corpse defiles "Anyone who touches a corpse, no matter whose dead body it is, will be unclean for seven days. He must purify himself with [these ashes] on the third and seventh days; then he will be clean. But if he does not purify himself the third and seventh days, he will not be clean. Anyone who touches a corpse, no matter whose dead body it is, and does not purify himself has defiled the tabernacle of Adonai. That person will be cut off from Isra'el, because the water for purification was not sprinkled on him. He will be unclean; his uncleanness is still on him. "This is the law: when a person dies in a tent, everyone who enters the tent and everything in the tent will be unclean for seven days. Every open container without a cover closely attached is unclean. Also whoever is in an open field and touches a corpse, whether of someone killed by a weapon or of someone who died naturally, or the bone of a person, or a grave, will be unclean for seven days. Numbers 19:11 - 16
576 Positive That the waters of separation defile one who is clean, and cleanse the unclean from pollution by a dead body The clean person will sprinkle the unclean person on the third and seventh days. On the seventh day he will purify him; then he will wash his clothes and himself in water; and he will be clean at evening. The person who remains unclean and does not purify himself will be cut off from the community because he has defiled the sanctuary of Adonai. The water for purification has not been sprinkled on him; he is unclean. This is to be a permanent regulation for them. The person who sprinkles the water for purification is to wash his clothes. Whoever touches the water for purification will be unclean until evening. anything the unclean person touches will be unclean, and anyone who touches him will be unclean until evening." Numbers 19:19 - 22

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