NIDDAH: separation from qodesh objects
Many people are very concerned about this, and need a clear, simple answer to better understand.
This is a
divisive topic, but try to not allow it to be, as much as it depends on you.
The word NIDDAH means to move away from other things, or keep separate to
itself. Contamination through touching is the idea. No distance is
specified, but an unclean object or person is to be noted, and kept from
touching other clean objects or persons, most particularly qodesh (set-apart)
objects and people.
The word NIDDAH means to move away from other things, or keep separate to itself. Contamination through touching is the idea. No distance is specified, but an unclean object or person is to be noted, and kept from touching other clean objects or persons, most particularly qodesh (set-apart) objects and people.
“Niddah” is the separation from what is ritually clean - meaning the qodesh practices and objects in the previous priesthood. The priests were the medical community of their day, and they were highly trained concerning hygiene because they handled and cooked food as well. Our family members will often become unclean through daily living, and no one will be able to remain perfectly clean at all times.
There are many teachers out there writing all manner of things that concern practically every “peripheral” aspect of the faith, while spending very little effort on getting the main work of Yahusha done. Most of us were not raised and trained by our parents in the truth, so naturally we often over-react or over-compensate when we finally learn about a “new” detail.
Yahuah did not say we are to hide away from our family because we are in an unclean condition, but rather to be vigilant and conscious of that uncleanness. He told us about certain types of objects that could be touched by something unclean, and how to cleanse them. If an object that is unclean touches another object, then both are unclean until washed with water. When I need to pick up a dead unclean bird for example, I use a plastic bag with ANOTHER plastic bag around my hand that touches the bag in contact with the bird. Thus, my hand is still clean, and I can throw the bird and both bags away together (not in the house of course, but ideally by burial or burning).
purpose of the instruction of niddah (separation from qodesh objects) is to make
us discern between the qodesh and the profane; the unclean person may not
participate in the Passover observance, or touch any of the qodesh objects used
in the service of the
If a woman in her period places a plastic sheet over the chairs she sits on, then others can simply avoid sitting on her designated chairs. She isn’t expected to be closed away from the rest of the family, otherwise Yahuah would have clearly told us this. People are writing entire books on this subject, and carrying people away after something that is simply a “niddah” issue (separation from qodesh objects). Even when we are “unclean”, we are Yahusha’s people -- every single one of us. There is nothing that can separate us from Him, and if anyone is saying this is not so, they are false teachers.
“For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor messengers nor principalities nor powers, neither the present nor the future, nor height nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of Elohim which is in Messiah Yahusha our Master.” Rom 8:38,39
If we are inseparable from Yahusha and His love, then that includes every time and place, both men and women. Who designed the menstruation cycle? It is part of life, and so is childbirth, or the nocturnal issues of a man. Sure, we closely pay attention to these conditions, but He always hears our prayers and certainly never told anyone to be put into an “unclean place” unless they had leprosy - and in such a case they are to be kept from the whole assembly.
If a man and woman have sex, they are both unclean until they both bath their bodies, change their clothes, and the sun sets.
They are not contagious. If a woman gives birth, her “days” of childbirth don’t make her contagious, simply unclean.
She can feed her family in her unclean state, otherwise her baby (or babies) would perish, and any other children that depend upon her.
If a person is unclean and Pesach comes, they may observe it the following month, if they are a male:
“Speak to the children of Yisrael, saying, ‘When any male of you or your generations is unclean for a being, or is far away on a journey, he shall still perform the Passover of Yahuah.
‘On the fourteenth day of the second month, between the evenings, they perform it – with unleavened bread and bitter herbs they eat it.” Num 9:10,11
Only males 20 years old and older are required to observe Pesach, Shabuoth, and Sukkoth - how many teachers inform people of this?
I hope I’ve helped a little here - we simply have to prioritize and keep things in their proper perspective.
Yahusha designed us, and He loves more than we can possibly know. If we bleed, we think it is “unclean”.
"And see, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the tsitsith of His garment." Mt. 9:20
When He bled for us, we were healed.
"If we say that we have no sin, we are misleading ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
If we confess our sins, He is trustworthy and righteous to forgive us the sins and cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1Yahuchanon/John 1:8,9
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