Are you a wellspring or a ‘Mikvah’?
Allow me to ask you a question: Are you a wellspring (a fountain) or a ‘mikvah’ (a cistern)?
Leviticus 11:36 tells us: “Nevertheless a wellspring or a cistern, in which there is plenty of water, shall be clean”. However this is not a perfect translation.
The Hebrew word for ‘clean’ is ‘lenakot’, but the Hebrew word used here for “clean” is “tahor” which actually means “pure”.
So Leviticus 11:36 should read: “Nevertheless a wellspring or a cistern, in which there is plenty of water, shall be pure”.
Rabbinical teaching tells us that a wellspring purifies regardless of the amount of the water it contains, whether the water flows or is stationary. A ‘mikvah’ purifies only when stationary, and it must contain approximately 87.5 gallons (331.2235 litres) of water.
You may ask what the relevance of this is.