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Vayikra 15:30, "And the kohen shall make one into a sin offering and one into a burnt offering, and the kohen shall effect atonement for her, before the Lord, from the uncleanness of her discharge."

What sin?

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Although the question originally conflated a zavah with woman who is niddah, this obligation applies to a woman who is experiencing discharge beyond her regular menstrual cycle. Regarding the offering brought by a Zav, the male counterpart of a Zavah, the Ibn Ezra on Lev. 15:15 explains that an offering is brought because such discharges are divine punishment for sin. The Ramban adds that the offering expiates the sin to avoid recurrence.

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@yirmiyahu what is the process for zav/zava since there is no korban these days? –  alice fine Oct 12 '13 at 17:32
    
@alicefine They just owe the Korban for later. Until they bring it they are mostly pure, except for eating Korbanot. –  Double AA Nov 19 '13 at 14:53
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