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(5743) Rashi (Ex.30:20): "When they enter the Tent of Meeting" "to burn the incense, morning and afternoon, or to sprinkle from the blood of the bull brought by the anointed kohein godol and of the goats brought for the sin of idolatry"  



The purpose of washing our hands and feet is to cleanse our active faculties of any "dirt," i.e., of any orientation that could impede our effectiveness in raising and spreading Divine consciousness. Thus, washing prepares us for the task we are about to perform, focusing our mind, hands, and feet on its importance.

When we are working on our "Outer Altar," involved in elevating the material world, we need to "wash" before each separate foray into it, because we need to take extra precaution in order to be able to resist the constantly renewed draw of materiality.

On the other hand, when we have successfully passed this stage and are working on our "Inner Altar," involved in enhancing our connection to God, it is enough to "wash" once before each entry into this realm, no matter how many separate aspects of our inner lives we focus on while there.

The exception to this is when we enter in order to rectify something that has gone wrong in this inner realm, indicated by the need to apply the blood of some special sacrifice to the Inner Altar. In such a case, it is necessary to wash again.16

(From https://www.chabad.org/parshah/article_cdo/aid/850613/jewish/Chassidic-Insights.htm)


16.    Likutei Sichot, vol. 21, pp. 221-222.






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