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The parshiyot of Tazri’a and Metzora deal with the laws of tzara’at (conventionally translated as “leprosy”): the diagnosis of the symptoms of this disease which incurs a state of ritual impurity; how to deal with those afflicted by it; and the procedures...
Much of the Torah portions of Tazria and Metzora deals with the laws of nega’im , a condition of impurity (not found nowadays) affecting people, their clothing and their dwellings, that came as a result of an individual’s spiritual failings. With regard t...
Leviticus 12:1–15:33
The preceding section of the Book of Leviticus discussed the laws of ritual defilement imparted by dead animals. In this section, the Torah proceeds to the laws of defilement associated with human beings. It first discusses the defilement that automatical...
"אשה כי תזריע וילדה זכר" “When a woman conceives and gives birth to a male.” (12:2) QUESTION: Parshat Shemini concludes with the topic of kosher and non-kosher foods. What is the connection between the end of Parshat Shemini and the beginning of Tazria, w...
At the beginning of the Torah portion Tazria, we read: “When a woman conceives and gives birth to a boy….”.Vayikra 12:1. In terms of man’s spiritual service, “When a woman conceives” refers to a spiritual service aroused from below, rather than one that e...
The Torah portion Tazria opens by saying:1.Vayikra 12:2-3. “When a woman conceives and gives birth to a boy…. On the eighth day, [the child]… shall be circumcised.” This is so only if the infant is healthy; if the child is not completely well, milah (the ...
An Essay on Parshat Metzora
It can be said that the creation of tumah resembles the production of a magnetic field.
An Essay on Parshat Tazria
Tzaraat should be regarded not as an illness that is designated as tamei, but as “a sign and a wonder” that G‑d uses to mark someone.
1. The popular translation that tzara’at is a dermatological skin disease known as leprosy is erroneous. For were it so, how could we explain the Torah law that if the malady covers the victims entire body he is no longer tamai — contaminated — but if his...
The parshah starts off with laws pertaining to the mother who gave birth to a child. Rashi says in the name of Rabbi Simlai that the reason Parshat Tazria follows Parshat Shemini is because just as the fashioning of man came after all cattle, beasts, and ...
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