Tag Archives: Metzora

Tazria Metzora: Skin deep

It is not easy to be a Jewish Taurus, because there’s a chance you might end up with Tazria Metzora as your Bar or Bat Mitzvah portion. It’s hard enough being 13, but to have to find some meaning in … Continue reading

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Tazria Metzora: A good friend and wine

Nobody likes Tazria Metzora.  It’s all about dead animals and dead skin, eruptions and discolorations.  It’s not a pretty parasha.   There’s this hard-to-fathom concept of being unclean and malignant eruptions that a priest has to come and observe, and then … Continue reading

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Metzora: Shave for the Brave

“On the seventh day, he shall shave off all his hair” (Lev. 17:9) This is Leviticus, so this instruction is given after someone has been in an “impure” state, and needs to move to a “pure” state.  Impure/pure tamei/tahor/impure/pure.  Disease/health/disease/health. … Continue reading

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Tazria/Metzora: Staying on the life-side of the line

This week there is a double portion of Torah.  That is, we read two portions for the same Shabbat.  It happens other times in the year, so we can end up on Simchat Torah in the fall having gotten to … Continue reading

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Tazria/Metzora – Walking the Line

Jewish ritual purity….sin….Facebook One of these things is not like the other…..and  no, it’s not Facebook.  My friend Miriam Brousseau , Social Media Queen and singer in Stereo Sinai, posted something the other day that got me thinking, as she … Continue reading

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Nothing succeeds with excess

I went to a wedding last weekend, which you would think has nothing to do with this week’s double Torah portion, Tazria/Metzora, but read on. Like most weddings (one hopes!), it was a happy affair, with a delightful young couple … Continue reading

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