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.

  • @yirmiyahu what is the process for zav/zava since there is no korban these days?
    – alice fine
    Commented Oct 12, 2013 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
    Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 14:53

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