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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.
Seventh Reading: Leviticus 15:16–33
The Torah then discusses the laws regarding ritual defilement brought about by abnormal, non-menstrual bleeding. There is Always Hope וּבַיּוֹם הַשְּׁמִינִי וגו': (ויקרא טו:כט) On the eighth day . . . Leviticus 15:29 On an allegorical level, abnormal uter...
Sixth Reading: Leviticus 14:33–15:15
There was an additional reason for tzara’at breaking out on someone’s house, aside from the reasons given above. When the pagan Canaanites heard that the Jewish people were planning on driving them out of the Land of Israel, they hid their precious wealth...
Fifth Reading: Leviticus 14:21–32
If the person formerly afflicted with tzara’at could not afford the lambs required for his sacrifices, he could substitute fowl. Achieving Spiritual Balance זֹאת תּוֹרַת אֲשֶׁר בּוֹ נֶגַע צָרָעַת . . . בְּטָהֳרָתוֹ: (ויקרא יד:לב) This is the law regarding...
Fourth Reading: Leviticus 13:55–14:20
Only a priest was empowered to declare a person, article of clothing, or house afflicted with tzara’at or free of it. Looking at Others Positively וְרָאָה הַכֹּהֵן וגו': (ויקרא יג:נה) The priest must examine [the article to determine if it is afflicted wi...
Third Reading: Leviticus 13:40–54
When a person has been declared by the examining priest to have contracted tzara’at on his skin, he must dwell outside the city until the tzara’at disappears. This is appropriate corrective action for the antisocial gossip of which he was guilty. Tzara’at...
Second Reading: Leviticus 13:24–39
Special laws apply to tzara’at that appears on the head. Pride and Arrogance וְאִישׁ אוֹ אִשָּׁה כִּי יִהְיֶה בוֹ נָגַע בְּרֹאשׁ וגו': (ויקרא יג:כט) If a man or a woman has a lesion on the head . . . Leviticus 13:29 The eruption of tzara’at on the head is...
First Reading: Leviticus 12:1–13:23
The reason why tzara’at no longer exists is that it afflicted only people who had refined their behavior and had risen to extremely high levels of Divine consciousness; these levels of consciousness are available to us only when the Tabernacle – or its su...
This week’s parshah, Metzora, describes laws of various plagues that can attack the person’s body, his home or his belongings. There are some people who in lieu of calling the parshah by the name “Metzora” — which connotes plagues, impurity and contaminat...
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