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Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33)

“Eeewww! Gross!” That’s the typical reaction to the Torah portions Tazria (Lev. 12:1- 13:59) and Metzora (Lev. 14:1-15:33), especially if you’re 12 and have just been told this will be your Bar or Bat Mitzvah portion.  At least this year, … Continue reading

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Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33)

I’m later getting this out to you than I’d hoped, but I’ve been dealing with a pantry moth infested pantry, plumbing issues, and a recalcitrant computer, all now dealt with satisfactorily. The text concerns ritual impurity (tumah) that results from … Continue reading

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Tazria (Lev.12:1 – 13:59), Shabbat HaChodesh (Ex. 12:1-20)

We have come to Shabbat HaChodesh (Sabbath of THE Month, i.e., the month of Nisan), the fourth and final special Sabbath before Passover with a second scroll reading and a special haftarah.  The second scroll reading, Exodus 12:1-20, contains instructions … Continue reading

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Tazria-Metzora (Lev. 12:1 – 15:33)

I tend to get annoyed when people brush aside this double portion, or even all of Leviticus, as irrelevant, gory, meaningless in the modern world, and/or nauseating.  OK, I understand” nauseating,” in light of this week’s graphic descriptions of genital … Continue reading

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