The Sixth section of the Chumash of Numbers (Bamidbar) opens with the “law”, governing the process of purification from the state of defilement that a person contracts through contact of a human corpse.

On the day the Tabernacle was inaugurated, the 1st of Nissan, G-d instructed Moses, how to purify the Jewish people from ritual defilement contracted by 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 paralysis caused by depression or feeling dead toward 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 constructed 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 vitality that should energise our lives is not blocked by our self – centred interests.

Wishing you an enjoyable, meaningful Shabbat, followed by a fulfilling week.