Where do they get a red heifer from?


 “This is a requirement of the law that the Lord has commanded: Tell the Israelites to bring you a red heifer without defect or blemish and that has never been under a yoke.” Numbers 19:2
            When the tabernacle and temple were dedicated, a red heifer was killed and its blood was sprinkled toward the tent of meeting.  The entire body was burned and the ashes spread outside the camp.  The requirement was to dedicate this specific place of worship only once.  Without the red heifer, the place of worship could not be used.
            A heifer is a young female cow that has not given birth to a calf.  The heifer, according to the law, must be without blemish (no spots or blemishes on the body) and kept away from a male bulls.  It could not have done any work also.
            Red is not an uncommon color for heifers.  They are more “reddish-brown” than bright red like a stop sign.  There were a lot of stipulations so the people needed to keep their eye on the right heifer and separate her from the herd.