The Issue of Blood is important and yes it does have something to do with the "archaich" Jewish tradition.
I see. So as far as you are concerned, we should still be circumcising our baby boys, we should never eat pork, we should never do any work beginning Friday evening....oh, and especially, I would presume, keep women in a separate room while they are menstruating so you are not defiled by having contact with them, etc., etc..... Funny, I thought that on Great and Holy Friday the Church paraphrases St. Paul and proclaims "by your precious blood you have redeemed us from the curse of the law." The point is that the coming of Christ in the flesh has fulfilled the law, but it has also completely supplanted it. He has "brought us up to heaven, and has endowed us with (his) Kingdom which is yet to come." (From the anaphora of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom.) Christ brings a radical newness
in proclaiming the advent of the Kingdom. We live in that same apostolic age when people marvelled at Christ healing and casting out demons and responded in astonishment: "What is this? A new teaching! Even the unclean spirits are subject to him!.....We have never seen anything like this before!" Jewish custom has nothing to do with Holy Tradition, which is the life of the Holy Spirit in the Church, and not "custom" at all.
It is an Orthodox Tradition (large T) as well.
No, it isn't, for reasons given above. Who told you this, if I might ask?
Why do new mothers need to be churched after having a baby? Why cant she come to church right after having the child? Why, the issue of Blood.
I don't know where this service of "re-admittance" to the Church comes from. I am, however, willing to bet that it was at least indirectly inspired by a period of dangerous judaisation in the 11th century that has obscured the meaning of Tradition in the Church. I believe that the Church is inerrant in her essence, but I have seen quite a few examples of degenerate liturgical practices that do not effect the overall inerrancy of the Church that endure to the present day (please don't get me started on that
) and I would posit that this is one of them. Don't take my word for it. How about this prayer from the Book of Needs? (Abridged version. St. Tikhon's Seminary Press, 2002.) It basically blames the woman
to whom the misfortune happened for having a miscarriage!!!:
"O Master, Lord our God, Who was born of the Holy Theotokos and Ever-virgin Mary, and Who, as an infant, lay in the manger: According to Your great mercy, be merciful to Your servant, N., who is in sin, having been involved in the loss of a life, whether voluntary or involuntary, for she has miscarried that which was conceived in her. Forgive her transgressions, both voluntary and involuntary, and protect her from every snare of the Devil. Cleanse her stain and heal her infirmities. And grant to her, O Lover of Mankind, health and strength of soul and body. Guard her with a shining Angel from all assaults of the unseen demons; Yea, O Lord, from sickness and infirmity. Purify her from bodily uncleanness and the various troubles within her womb. By Your many mercies lead her up in humbled body from the bed on which she lies. For we all have been born in sins and transgressions, and all of us are defiled in Your sight, O Lord. Therefore, with fear we cry out and say: look down from heaven and behold the feebleness of us who are condemned. Forgive this, Your servant, N., who is in sin, having been involved in the loss of a life, whether voluntary or involuntary, for she has miscarried that which was conceived in her. And, according to Your great mercy as the Good God Who loves mankind, be merciful and forgive all those who are here present and who have touched her. For You alone have the power to remit sins and transgressions, through the prayers of Your Most-pure Mother and of all the Saints.
For to You is due all glory, honour and worship, together with the Father and the Holy Spirit, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen."
Would you feel comfortable having this prayer read over your wife after the two of you had endured the terrible tragedy of having lost a child? To me, this smacks of misogyny and borders on abuse. But according to some, since it is a current part of our service books, it must be okay, because nothing degenerate or wrong could ever possibly enter the liturgical life of the Church. No doubt you noted the reference to "cleansing" the woman of her "uncleanness", similar to what one finds in the churching prayers. In additon there are prayers for "forgiveness" for those who have "touched" the woman in question, as if we still live in times when touching menstruating women or injured people or corpses etc. renders us ritually impure! I submit that both the churching prayers and this prayer are inspired by the same judaising tendency that waxes and wanes in the Church periodically, but is completely foreign to Holy Tradition.
....the blood issue will even prevent a wounded priest from celebrating Liturgy.
I reject this argument for the same reasons I gave above.