Based upon God’s instructions, the Red Heifer (Hebrew parah adumah): … refers to a red-brown, unblemished, and unworked cow that was sacrificed and burned (Num. 19:1-8); its ashes were then kept “for use in the water of cleansing; it is for purification from sin” (v. 9). The cleansing in view had to do with corpse contamination (vv.11-22).
UNDERSTANDING THE MYSTERY OF THE RED HEIFER RITUAL Vol. 43, No. 2, 2015 107 horns or as a red cow. 5 Hathor was sometimes referred to as "Nub the gold-en" or as "heifer with the golden neck". 6 . Rabbi Moshe ha-Darshan explains that the rite of burning the Red Hefer i was a reenactment of thedestr uction of the olden G Calf at the foot of Mount ...