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Biff Review: Tahara Brings Weight and Authenticity to the High School Comedy

Biff Review: Tahara Brings Weight and Authenticity to the High School Comedy

The word tumah in Jewish law is the state of being impure—ritually and morally. And it seems there are many reasons why you might fall under this category as stated in the Torah’s Book of Leviticus. Touch a corpse: impure. Touch something that already touched a corpse? Impure. Touch the decaying flesh of dead animals? Impure. Give birth? Impure: but only for seven (son) and fourteen days (daughter) depending on the baby’s gender. Have an “unnatural” discharge from your genitals (including menstruation)? Yes. You guessed it. Impure. And that’s bad. Nobody wants to be impure. Look at Christians. We’ll say anything on our deathbed for absolution (purity). But today’s youth isn’t dying. To the living of any faith, purity can always come later.

Except, of course, when it can’t. Just ask anyone at the high school synagogue for young Samantha’s funeral.

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