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Hillel's Bathing Mitzvah

In the Talmud when Hillel is on his way to the bathhouse and asked where he is going, he answers, "to perform a mitzvah." Can a soul shampoo its hair? The answer is that in this world we are not split, we are one. Taking care of ourselves and others — fastened as we are to flesh and bone — is tending an earthly image of the Divine.


- David Wolpe, Off the Pulpit, "Fastened to Flesh and Bone"
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