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People often ask about the Torah’s view of women. A discussion about vows in this week’s Torah portion offers a surprising insight.
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Tazria Metzora: It Is Not About You

April 19, 2020 – 10:18 pm | 334 views
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The Torah tells us that a Jewish man who contracted skin lesions called tzaraat had to be quarantined until the lesions cleared, at which time, he would bring an offering in the Temple. The offering included (among other things) a cedar stick and a hyssop.
Seeking symbolism in these components, our …

Metzora: Twitter

April 6, 2019 – 10:15 pm | 354 views
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Twitter nowadays has little to do with birds and everything to do with people, but the underlying idea is the same. Birds tweet to make noise and people tweet to make noise. Twitter is not a place for deep conversation. It is a place for shallow discussion, impetuous thrusts, and …

Tazria Mezora: Judging from Past Behavior

April 15, 2018 – 12:09 am | 1,364 views
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Past behavior is often a harbinger of the future, but to judge fairly we must consider the very latest episode of the past behavior. I was once at a wedding, where the groom’s elderly venerated teacher danced with vigor and joy, and his many students, their eyes sparkling with admiration …

Metzorah: Oh No My Home

April 10, 2016 – 12:57 am | 2,173 views
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He Doesn’t Care
Tragedy strikes. You are coming home from work and your house is engulfed in flames. It burns to a crisp and everything is gone. You are inconsolable; Oh no my Home! Your friends comfort you. They point out that no one was hurt and the family survived unscathed. …

Mitzorah: The Jewish House

March 30, 2014 – 2:54 am | 6,497 views
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On the Walls
Tzaraat was a prevalent disease in Biblical times that presented in the form of lesions on skin, hair, clothing and even the walls of a Jewish house. Tzaraat wasn’t an ordinary condition produced by heat or humidity. Tzaraat was a Divinely ordained affliction in punishment for various sins.

Tazria Mitzorah: A Sign of Love

April 7, 2013 – 3:40 pm | 4,274 views
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The Walls Know
We love closed doors for the cover they provide; what we do behind them others can’t know and what they don’t know can’t hurt them. We can be irascible, immoral and impossible in private, yet parade in public as amicable, wise and generous and no one will be …

Tazria Metzorah: Our Clash Of Priorities

April 11, 2010 – 2:55 am | 15,317 views
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A Curious Order
Tzara’as was a skin condition prevalent in Biblical times. Our sages taught that rather than a physical illness tzara’as was a symptom of a spiritual malaise; it struck the gossip as a consequence of Lashon Hara.
Tzara’as exhibited in four places, on skin, hair, clothing and the walls of …

Mitzorah: Food for Thought for your Dinner Table

April 6, 2008 – 4:21 am | 1,487 views
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Sunday: Sequence of Portions
The Torah portion we read last week dealt with the affliction of Tzaraas, its symptoms and treatment. The Torah portion we read this week deals with the process that renders a past Metzorah ritually pure. Allegorically these two portions can be viewed as metaphors for the Jewish …