The Sixth section in the Chumash of Numbers opens with the law governing the process of purification from the state of ritual defilement that a person contracts through contact with a human corpse.

“On the Third and Seventh days (the defiled person) must purify himself “….(19:12)

In order to purify ourselves from the defilement of death – which in psychological terms means the paralysis caused by depression or deadness towards the spiritual dimension of life – we must invoke the Third and Seventh emotional attributes of the soul.

The Third emotion is pity, and the Seventh emotion is lowliness. When we feel the pain that our Divine soul suffers from its constricted consciousness in the material world, we are aroused to rescue it by studying G-d’s Torah and performing His commandments. When we are not egocentric, the flow of Divine life – force and virality that should energise our lives is not blocked by our self-centred interests.

Wishing you a meaningful Shabbat and successful week to follow.

We continue to pray for the wellbeing of our IDF heroes, the long term security and safety of the people of Israel and the return of our hostages to their families embrace.