Leviticus describes many of the sacrifices our ancestors offered in order to draw closer to God. The purgation offering, described here, begins to restore a sense of harmony between humanity and the Divine following a transgression by sweeping its contamination away from the community's midst, much like disinfectant purges a hospital room from harmful bacteria.
The offering takes different forms depending upon the social status of the transgressor, with the priest being held to the highest standard. The rules emphasize accountability, rather than privilege, as well as the need to publicly address transgression, even when accidental or private.
QUESTION FOR STUDY
How does the relationship between guilt and the private and public sphere work in the modern context? How should it work? Especially when so much of our lives becomes public via social media?