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Category: Tazria

Explaining the Laws of Family Purity

by Rabbi Avi WeissPosted 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 »

Are Patients Still People?

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 7, 2016

The Torah spends a great deal of time addressing the phenomenon of tzara’at, spots on the skin that can render a person ritually impure. A person with such a spot needs to have it inspected by a kohen to determine if it is indeed tzara’at, and if it meets certain criteria, the kohen will declare the person Continue Reading »

A Tzara’at Survivor

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted 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 »

The Person with Tzara’at and Objectification of the Other

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 1, 2011

In parshat Shmini, after the Mishkan was dedicated, the Kohanim were given the charge to “distinguish between the holy and the profane, and between the ritually impure and the pure” (Vayikra 10:11).  That is, they must protect the Mishkan from those who are ritually impure and thus they must know all the laws the pertain Continue Reading »

Brit Milah, Covenant and Partnership

by Rabbi Dov LinzerPosted on April 4, 1998

Parshat Tazria details many laws of purity and impurity which, for the most part, are not relevant today. However, it begins with the laws of childbirth and the mitzvah of brit milah, of circumcising Jewish males on the eighth day. What is the purpose of the brit milah? Literally, the words mean covenant (brit) of circumcision (milah). What Continue Reading »