Friday, May 28, 2004

Naso #2: A Hair-raising experience

This week's parsha is big on hair. We have the nazir, who grows his hair long, and at the end his hair is shaved off at the door of temple and offered on the altar together with his korban.

Bamidbar 6:16
וְגִלַּח הַנָּזִיר, פֶּתַח אֹהֶל מוֹעֵד--אֶת-רֹאשׁ נִזְרוֹ; וְלָקַח, אֶת-שְׂעַר רֹאשׁ נִזְרוֹ, וְנָתַן עַל-הָאֵשׁ, אֲשֶׁר-תַּחַת זֶבַח הַשְּׁלָמִים.
"And the Nazirite shall shave his consecrated head at the door of the tent of meeting, and shall take the hair of his consecrated head, and put it on the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace-offerings."

This obviously has parallels to the issue of the Indian wigs *if* the Indian wigs are indeed takrovet avoda zara (which has not been determined).

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