Tahor and Tamei are often translated as clean and unclean or (ritually) pure and impure.
But what exactly do they mean, what are the definitions for tahor and tamei? How does one render "ritually" pure or impure?
(Is Tahor something like sanctification by elevating? And Tamei a lower status of some kind? And hence, if we strip the words “pure” and “impure” of their physical connotations, and perceive a more spiritual meaning, could they signify the presence or absence of holiness?)
Please help me out to get to the clear and pure essence of these words :)