Pure to Impure to Pure

“-his hand was scaly,

as white as snow.”

(Exodus 4:6)

.

To be tumah, impure,

is as easy as living

and as simple as dying.

.

“-behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.”

(Exodus 4:7)

.

Imperfection

comes

by being around-

touching-

the end of life

or the start of the path

towards death.

.

Skin is stretching

around bones

into identity.

Where it fails,

there is

impurity.

.

Through the looking glass,

of the mikveh

and isolation,

it is possible

to reattain

taharah.

.

oOoOOOo

.

Before the karpas,

there is urechatz.

The hands

are submerged

before the consumption

of the tears of those

long dead.

.

Before motzi matzah,

there is rachtzah.

The hands are submerged

before the consumption

of the tasteless “bread”

made on the run.

.

oOoOOOo

.

A hand changed

from brown to white

and back.

Like nothing,

the tzaraath

was here and gone.

 

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