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Afflictions of Yesteryear
Tazria-Metzora Parshah Report
Ever heard the old saying, “Never let a monkey feed you grapes”? Well, neither did Jono. Join Jono and Gefilte Fish as they explore the fascinating topic of old-world diseases, and learn about being careful with what you say about other people along the way.
Should Religious Jews Revolt Against Secular Governments?
According to the talmudic sage Rabbi Yitzchak, the advent of the Messianic Era is a revolutionary upturning of heretical governments. The sage Rava offers another, less violent interpretation of this revolution.
On the Origins and Purpose of the Human Race
We were created to partner with G-d
Torah in Ten: Tazria
Topics include: The pain of childbirth as a lesson that G-d does not bring upon us burdens that we cannot handle, different shades of tzaraat lesions and their correspondence to different degrees of spiritual sickness, the seven day quarantine of the leper as a metaphor for reincarnation.
The Power of the Spoken Word
The ancient Biblical skin-affliction known as Tzaraat has not been manifest for millennia for it only visits people of lofty spiritual stature. Yet our Sages state that this affliction comes as consequence/punishment for the sin of lashon hora—gossip. Clearly, one who is guilty of gossip is not on an elevated spiritual plane! How can we reconcile these two statements? In resolving the apparent contradiction this class will explore the potent power of speech. (Likutei Sichos vol. 22)
Circumcision (Brit Milah)
Practical Parshah - Tazria
This portion provides the Biblical source for the mitzvah of circumcision on the eighth day. What are the specific laws and customs of this life-cycle event?
Parshah Insights: Tazria
Torah Interpretations of the Rebbe
Parshah Mnemonics: Tazria
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Tazria contains 67 verses and the mnemonic is the name ‘vaneha’ (her children). Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the parshah.
Learning the Haftorah: Tazria
The weekly portion from the Prophets
What's Wrong with Gossip That's True?
A Taste of Text—Tazria
Can you imagine a world bereft of evil talk, rumors, slander and gossip? What would it look like?
How to Break—Or Make—Someone
Parshat Tazriah-Metzorah
Words are empowering. Words encourage us to reach unbelievable goals. But words can also destroy. What will your words do?
With Whom Do We Celebrate at a Bris?
Something Spiritual on Tazria
Calling Out Faults in Others
Something Spiritual on Parshat Tazria
Sacrificing for Our Children
A powerful story on a mother’s devotion to doing a bris for her son and the takeaway for parenting and educating children in our times.
The Man Who Peddled Longevity
Growing Weekly: Parshat Tazria-Metzorah
Above Nature
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Above Nature
Soul Boost for Parshat Tazria
The Number Three
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The Number Three
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Tazria
In the verse Leviticus 13:33, the word "v'hitgalach" meaning "he shall shave" has a large-sized letter gimmel. The letter gimmel is numerically equivalent to the number 3. What is the connection between the number three, Biblical leprosy, removing hair, and the time of the Omer count?
The Leper in the House of Rebbe
All About the Metzora
Understanding the subject of ‘tzaraat’ (the divine affliction of discoloration) on five different levels.
Tzaraat, Hate Speech & Humankind
This profound and penetrating analysis of the scriptural verbiage employed to introduce the dermal discolorations called Tzara’at -the biblical anomaly of antiquity - is instructive as it’s inspirational. Following a basic overview, you’ll be introduced to a stunning display of the Oral Torah’s unbroken continuum of painstakingly developed teachings as they evolved over the ages. Be amazed at the array of legal and philosophical ideas conveyed by the use of a single biblical noun, which climaxes with deeply mystical insights into this seemingly obsolete concept that actually resonate with timely messaging and extraordinary urgency in our modern age of social media!
Parenting and Lashon Hara
Tell your kids not to tell or tell them to always keep you up-to-date? First, let’s clarify the parameters of negative talk.
Haftorah for Tazria: The Gentile General and Elisha
The Aramean general Naaman is stricken with Tzaraat and is ultimately cured by Elisha the prophet.
Can You Have a Bris at Night?
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Can You Have a Bris at Night?
Learning Likutei Sichos vol. 17, Tazria
Before they left Egypt, G-d got the Jews to break the laws of Torah to circumcise themselves at night. It was a momentous introduction to a completely supernatural Exodus.
Moshiach the Leper
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Moshiach the Leper
The Talmud identifies and calls Moshiach a leper. How does leprosy represent the persona of Moshiach? Isn’t the spiritual affliction of leprosy associated with a spiritual deficiency?
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria: 2nd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria: 3rd Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria: 7th Portion
Tazria – The Crown of Creation
Last week's parshah discussed the laws of purity relating to animals and now we learn the laws of purity for the human being; why do animals precede man?
The Month of Miracles
Life Lessons from Parshat HaChodesh
On the Shabbat preceding the month of Nissan a special Torah reading is added, which discusses establishing the Jewish months and the Passover offering. Discover the special spirit of this month.
Daily Mitzvah, Day 212: Tzaraat on Garments
Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 212 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.