Metzora

Tazria – Metzora 5773 Don’t Touch Me, You’re Impure

April 12, 2013
Tazria – Metzora 5773 Don’t Touch Me, You’re Impure

The rituals surrounding taharat mishpacha, “family purity,” are some of the more difficult laws for many modern liberal Jews to understand. This week’s Torah portion contains the basis of many of these rules. Leviticus 15:19 is a challenge for the contemporary reader: “And if a woman has a discharge, and the discharge of her...
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Metzora 5771 — See for yourself

April 5, 2011
Metzora 5771 — See for yourself

  “And the priest shall go out of the camp; and the priest shall look…”   …Leviticus 14:3 If you want to have a deep appreciation for a complex situation, you have to go out and see for yourself.   In this week’s Torah reading, the priest is told to get off his rear...
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Outside the camp

April 17, 2010
Outside the camp

"Cherem," excommunication, is apparently still alive and well in the Jewish world. In last week's Torah reading, Tazria-Metzora, a selection from Leviticus dealing with skin diseases and bodily fluids, we were told that certain people, innocent of any crime other than having a skin condition, were forced to live in isolation, "outside the camp."...
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Metzora 5765 — Go the priest

April 5, 2005

This shall be the Torah of the leper in the day of his cleansing; He shall be brought to the priest.   …Leviticus 14:2 This week’s Torah portion is called Metzora. The metzora is a person who has been afflicted with tza’ra’at, a kind of skin disease which older Bibles translate as “leprosy.” Metzora often...
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