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 19:11
 19:12
19:12 [In order to become] clean, he must have himself sprinkled [with the purification water] on the third day and the seventh day.
Hu yitchata-vo bayom hashlishi uvayom hashvi'i yithar ve'im-lo yitchata bayom hashlishi uvayom hashvi'i lo yithar.



Commentary:

have himself sprinkled
  (Targum). Yith-chata in Hebrew. Or, 'purify himself' (Ibn Janach; Septuagint), or, 'have himself expiated (Radak, Sherashim). From here is derived the custom of washing the hands after a funeral (Bachya; Paaneach Raza on Numbers 20:2).

with the purification water
  See Numbers 19:9,18.

third day and the seventh day
  From the time that he became unclean (Yad, Parah Adumah 11:2). One can begin counting three days at any time and then begin the process. However, if one then delays the second sprinkling until after the seventh, some say that he must begin the count again (Raavad ibid.), while others maintain that he can be sprinkled after the seventh day as well (Yad, ibid.).





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