The Nazirite is an individual who took a vow not to drink wine, to cut his or her hair, nor to become ritually defiled by contact with the dead.
This Nazirite is disputed in the Talmud, but the discussion takes a wider view, discussing ascetism in general. Is self-denial a recommended religious course of action?
Click here to read more from Rabbi Alex Israel in this week’s Parsha Discussion on Naso: Nazir – Sacred or Sinner?
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