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Tazria-Metzora Videos

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?
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.
How’d You Like to Meet the Holiest Man Alive?
The Metzora is the consummate Outsider. Of his own accord, he exists on the margins of society. And yet his tormented ostracism is the place where he finds his innermost connection with G-d.
The Man Who Peddled Longevity
Growing Weekly: Parshat Tazria-Metzorah
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)
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Parsha Tazria-Metzora
A Talmudic debate – as seen through the lens of Chassidus – on why the Torah sometimes grants temporary immunity from the effects of Tzaraas. (Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 37, p. 37.)
Shabbat Candles, Peace and Purity
Parsha Tazria-Metzora
In the Mishnah, R' Yehudah says that if a metzorah (one who suffers from Biblical leprosy) enters someone's home uninvited, the home becomes defiled within the amount of time it takes to light the Shabbat candles. What is the deeper, spiritual meaning of this law and how does it help us understand the tremendous power of the Shabbat candles? (Based in Likkutei Sichos, vol. 17, pp. 141)
The Spiritual Skin Condition of Tzaraat
Kabbalah and the Bible – Tazria-Metzora
Tzaraat is a supernatural skin discoloration which signifies ritual impurity. The declaration and diagnosis of tzaraat is only through the kohen, why?
Parsha Gems: Tazria-Metzora
Study some of the highlights of the weekly Torah portion with insights from various commentaries.
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.
Parshah Mnemonics: Metzora
Decoding the hidden messages
The parsha of Metzora contains 90 verses and the mnemonic is the word ‘ido’. Explore the coded message in the mnemonic and its connection to the general themes of the parshah.
The Unexpected Catalyst for Rebirth
Haftorah Hyperlinks: Tazria-Metzora
Learn the profound connections between the weekly parsha and its related Haftorah.
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.
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?
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 Mikvah
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The Power of Mikvah
Coming Face to Face with G-d
Immersing in a mikvah (a ritual pool of water) purifies one who is ritually impure. Discover five layers of meaning to mikvah.
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.
Learning the Haftorah: Metzora
The weekly portion from the Prophets
Ritual Impurity of a Metzora
Sefer HaMitzvot: Day 232
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-Metzora: 1st Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria-Metzora: 4th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria-Metzora: 5th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria-Metzora: 6th Portion
Rabbi Gordon - Tazria-Metzora: 7th Portion
Dermatologist or Kohen?
The difference between the spiritual condition often translated as leprosy (tzaraat) and the physical ailment of the same name.
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?
Blood and Oil, Torah and Mitzvahs
Letters and Numbers of Torah - Metzora
The ritual purification of the former metzorah includes placing blood from an animal sacrifice on the person's right eat, right thumb and right big toe as well as placing olive oil on the same three places plus on the top of his or her head. What is the deeper significance of the three applications of blood and the four applications of oil?
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