Israel Tour Guide – The ASH of the RED HEIFER
פרה אדומה – במה מדובר
The ASH of a RED COW (see more on Wikipedia) was used as a “special cleaning agent” for purifying people having been especially “unclean” before entering the Jewish Temple (some 2000-3000 years ago) – for example after touching a dead person.
It appears in the Bible – “Tell the Israelites to procure for you a red heifer that is free from every blemish and defect and on which no yoke has ever been laid…” (Num. 19:2).
Since the destruction of the Temple in 70 AD nobody knows exactly what this “ASH OF A RED COW” is or no such cows are known to have been bred.
The discovery of such a red calf that could potentially become a Red Heifer excites many Jews who believe that Moses prepared the first Red Heifer and Messiah will prepare the last one.
In NJ this Jewish farmer, Herb Celler, has bred a RED COW on his farm and some of the Rabbis have declared it as the real McCoy.
Check out the newspaper article about the needed qualities of such an animal and the production of the ash.
Check the video out – it is in English with Hebrew subtitles.