Friday, May 20, 2011

Leviticus Chapter 21 and the laws of the Cohen. No major physical defects allowed it seems.

It is interesting to read in Leviticus Chapter 22 how a Cohen who had certain defects could not offer the food of God. No man who is blind or lame or has a limb too short or a limb too long no man who has a broken leg or a broken arm or who is a hunchback or a dwarf. (22:17-20).

I think there is a physical aspect to ourselves and the purpose who is offering the sacrifice should be someone who is of normal physical appearance. I am wondering if that exclude someone who has very bad eye sight but it is corrected by eye-glasses that without his eye-glasses he would be blind. That is a physical defect.

If a person is mildly near-sided that would be fine as that isn't being "blind" but if someone has eye sight that he really is blind without his eye-glasses would that be a defect. It also is sad that in the Jewish world today they don't care of trying to preserve your good eye sight that you had when you were a kid.

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