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Metzora (Lev.14:1-15:33)

Metzora opens with a description of the rituals for purification of a metzora, i.e., a person suffering from tzara’at (some skin affliction that is not Hansen’s disease).  Then houses with tzara’at are described (reddish or greenish streaks) as is how to deal with them.  … 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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Shemini (Lev. 9:1 – 11:47), Shabbat Parah (Num. 19:1-22)

This week, the priests’ ordination is followed by tragic consequences. Then we learn about kosher and unkosher animals and ritual impurity (hey, this is Leviticus, after all).  And it’s another special Shabbat on the way to Passover (3rd of 4) … Continue reading

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