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Torah Talk for Parashat Tazria

April 5, 2016 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In this week’s parasha, God instructs Moshe about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth; God then describes to Moshe and Aharon the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with tzara’at (usually translated as leprosy).

Commentators, most notably Rashi, maintain that the Torah is written in thematic order so that we can ascertain how each section is somehow connected to the sections before and after it, an interpretive method called smichut parshiyot, the juxtaposition of the sections. How then is childbirth connected to tzara’at?

A clue may be found in chapter 13, verse 45. Read more >