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Category: Metzora

Explaining the Laws of Family Purity

by Rabbi Avi Weiss Posted on May 25, 2016

Why is there a time of physical separation between husband and wife every month – a law found in this week’s Torah portion? (Leviticus 15) To be sure, a mandate ought be observed no matter – but is there a rationale? Perhaps the separation points to a difference between Jewish and fundamentalist Christian approaches to Continue Reading »

Labels Are for Grocery Items, Not People

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on April 14, 2016

Parashat Metzorah continues to detail the laws of tumah, impurity, that can occur to people and that would require them to maintain their distance from the Mishkan. The parasha opens with the case of the metzorah, the person afflicted with the skin disease of tzara’at, and how he is to become pure: “This shall be Continue Reading »

A Tzara’at Survivor

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on April 22, 2015

The double parasha Tazria-Metzorah details the laws of tumah, any impurity that would require people to maintain their distance from the Mishkan. The primary focus is on the metzorah, a person afflicted with the skin disease tzara’at, and how he is to become pure. The parasha continues with cases of tzara’at that occur on garments and on a house before turning the focus back to Continue Reading »

Slander and its Consequences

by Rabbi Dov Linzer Posted on April 10, 1998

The parsha of Metzora details laws of impurity, a state that would prevent a person from entering the Temple and, in some cases, from entering the Israelite camp. Tzara’at, often mistranslated as “leprosy,” was a supernatural spotting that could appear on a person’s house, clothes, or body. If the person’s body had such a spot, he Continue Reading »