Torah Study

sefer torahWeekly Torah Study is Saturday morning at 9. We meet in the Room 202 of Temple Brith Kodesh (enter by Door A).  We decide year by year how we’ll approach the weekly portion.  Last year we used the weekly d’var Torah from Rabbi Jonathan Sacks as a jumping off point.  This year, we’re going to consider each parsha from a Mussar perspective.  Each week an email is sent out (usually on Thursday) to anyone who may be interested.  You’re welcome on Saturday, whether or not you got the email or had time to read it.  Discussions are generally lively.

Parshat Tazria-Metzora

legs with vasculitis

In the rabbinic tradition, the text of Tazria-Metzora presents a cascade of punishments for sins related to our treatment of others: haughtiness, selfish manipulation, slander, and lashon hara, among others. The nature of the punishments is that they are graduated, which gives the sufferer several opportunities to repent. Also, the final form of punishment (a disgusting skin disease) leads to separation from others, which provides the sinner space to reset their social relationships. The rituals associated with the metzora allow a repentant sinner to reintegrate with society cleaned-up, so to speak. The implication, which the tradition highlights, is that surface problems can be blessings because they can lead to the sufferer to correct deeper causes.

Leviticus (13: 46)
He shall be unclean as long as the disease is on him. Being unclean, he shall dwell apart; his dwelling shall be outside the camp.

Rashi
Because he, by slanderous statements, parted man and wife, or a man from his friend, he must be parted from everybody.

Rabbi Henach Leibowitz
A person with tzara’as must live me’chutz la’machaneh — outside the camp … a person with tzara’as is considered a dead person. He is thought of as such due to the fact that his isolation causes him to lose his ability to give.

The punishment reflects the form of the sin. Why is haughtiness and lashon hara associated with isolation? How is the punishment reflecting the sin? Why is the ability to give so essential to being alive?

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