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Torah Talk for Parashot Tazria-Metzora

April 26, 2017 by Sharon Freundel (Community)

In these parashot, Hashem instructs Moshe on the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth; describes to Moshe and Aharon the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with tzara’at (usually translated as leprosy), and the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with leprosy; and instructs Moshe and Aharon on the laws regarding emission of bodily fluids.

The tzara’at presented in these parashot is a spiritual disease, not a physical one; it defies translation and is treated not by physicians but by cohanim (priests), the spiritual arbiters of the ancient Jewish world. Read more >