Parshah Columnists - Metzora

Guest Columnists
Jewels in the Walls
Choose your words wisely. Be bold and articulate, spreading good ideas and positive energy around you.
The Monthly Marriage
Marriages need separations. Sometimes a couple will get into arguments and be angry at each other just for the sake of creating a distance so that husband and wife can feel like they’re coming together . . . But there’s a better way.
Mikvah Time
The year is the same, the days are the same, but the months are different. It is a time quite individual—created by G‑d especially for me . . .
Like a Newborn Child
She wanted to convert, but when the rabbi informed her of the requirements and also mentioned immersion in a mikvah, she balked. She was ready to do everything except for the mikvah ritual, which she found difficult to comprehend . . .
Learning From the Gossiper How to Heal Relationships
Unresolved repetitive conflict ultimately prevents people from reaching their relationship potential.
Wedding Speeches for Metzora
Is It Wrong to Like a Lot of Stuff?
Is it OK to enjoy a good shopping spree and to delight in yet another Amazon box at your doorstep?
Does It Matter Which Words Rashi Quotes?
See how a nuance in a simple one-line Rashi can be examined, unpacked, and understood in an entirely new light.
The Inner Rhythm of Tumah
An Essay on Parshat Metzora
It can be said that the creation of tumah resembles the production of a magnetic field.
Watch Your Words!
Life Lessons From the Parshah - Metzora
Weekly Sermonette
Clouds, Curses and Concealed Compassion
Does every cloud really have a silver lining? Is there a blessing in disguise inside every curse?
Inner Stream
Treating the Cause
The implication is that when spiritual malaise is neglected and allowed to fester we can accustom ourselves to it and become oblivious...
Reflections on the Parshah
But It's True...
How often people justify malicious gossip with the explanation that the slander is true?
Parshah Moment
A Land Beyond Toys
Even if this life was here the whole time, if I just noticed it, then it is new...
Weekly Torah
Torah for Now
Healing Hubris
Perhaps the metzora's isolation is not just for him to sense the distance from other people caused by gossip, but also to see how foolish a sense of superiority is...
What Do You Think?
Four Reasons Why You Should Gossip
It is our patriotic duty. It’s all in the name of G-d. We don’t mess with tradition. And it’s much easier to put down others than to climb up yourself.
8 Lepers in the Bible (and Midrash)
Although tzaraat was a skin illness, it had a spiritual element to it. In the Tanach, we find quite a few individuals who were plagued by tzaraat.
Living through the Parshah
The Gossiper and the Priest
I find the swing from inspiration and proactivity to be a lifelong dance. For a stretch of time I devoted most of my day to Torah study, surrounded by mentors who spoke the message of
G-d’s unity through their teachings and their conduct. And then it was over . . .
What the Rebbe Taught Me
Spiritual Rehab
Retribution is very un-Jewish. For retribution leaves wounds in its wake. Rehabilitation is very Jewish. For rehabilitation cures and gives new life. This elemental idea is beautifully captured in a biblical passage discussing the treatment of gossipers.
For Friday Night
Adjusting to Holiness
The condition of being a metzora is the product of an imbalance, similar to acne, which might be caused by a hormone imbalance. In the case of the metzora, the imbalance is spiritual in nature . . .
Parshah Musings
Good Gossip
In times of sickness and sorrow, the mind craves answers. People want to know why things are going so spectacularly wrong, and if there is anything they can do to change the situation. People look for someone to blame.
Poor Man, Rich Man
Jewish Immortality
Heaven Exposed
Purifying Waters
The most important institution of Jewish life, next to the home, is the mikveh and its cycle of union and separation between husband and wife. Because precious things only stay beautiful when you follow the manufacturer's instructions...
Words and Stones
Sticks and stones break bones, but the damage wrought by negative words reaches far deeper, to the very soul.
Parshah Recovery
Hidden Treasures
But what about when life slaps us in the face even in sobriety, even when we're doing the right things? When this happens, we cry foul...
More Parshah Articles
The Mikvah
Everything you wanted to know about Mikvah but didn't know to ask.
Schreiber the Jew
The doctor picked up the sample. He placed a drop on a slide, then slipped it under the eyepiece of the microscope. One glance showed him that it was full of bacteria—he did not bother to analyze it further.
Covenant & Conversation
How to Praise
By recognizing the good in people and saying so, we help bring people’s potential to fruition. Praising their efforts rather than their innate gifts helps encourage growth.
Beyond Speech
What I Did When I Found Out That I Had ALS
Walking out of his office into the empty hallway, I broke down in a fit of bitter tears. After I composed myself, I headed out of the building.
On the Haftarah: Sudden Redemption
For the haftarah of Metzora, From the Teachings of the Rebbe
Torah Insights
The Message of the Afflicted Home
Not harming others is not a strong enough foundation upon which to build the Land of Israel.
The Treasure Behind the Wall
When we experience an actual struggle in life, pain hurts. It does not build.
Life's Passages
Experiencing the Highs and Lows of Life
Life is a never-ending cycle of low points that turn into high points, only to revert backagain to lows. The lowest points on life's cosmic wheel serve as mere introductions to enhance the next stage of highs.
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