Welcome to our regular blog about the Torah Portion of the week. This week we've got two for you as we combine Parsha Tazria ("she conceives) Lev. 12:1 - 14:9 and Parsha Metzora ("one being diseased") Lev. 14:1 - 15:33. We are continuing on our journey through the issues of physical and spiritual purity.
Both of those topics often, in today's world, seem so out of place. But, is there a place for physical purity and how does that impact our spiritual nature?
In the Parsha Tazria we open up with childbirth which, as the rabbis say, is the most sublime phenomenon in the universe. How? Why? If we look at this through the eyes of a spiritual person we realize that when a man and woman create a child they are creating a new soul. Pretty heavy huh? This new life begins with some impurity but if it is true that we are created to serve G-d the mere fact of being born isn't enough. We must evolve into the being that honors and uplifts G-d.
Here we are also taught about the danger of speaking ill about another person. The affliction of tzora'as, a supernatural physical affliction sent to warn someone to refrain from speaking badly about others. The disease progressively afflicting home, clothes and then one's skin -- unless the individual corrected his ways and followed the purification process stated in the Torah.
There are three types of speech transgressions: 1) Lashon Hara (literally "evil tongue") -- making a derogatory or damaging statement about someone even though you are speaking the truth. 2) Motzie Shem Ra -- slander -- where what is spoken is negative and false. 3) Rechilus (literally "tale bearing") --telling someone the negative things another person said about him or did against him.
G-d warns us that once something is said it is very difficult to "take it back". Is it any wonder that so many people get caught up in some awful issues when using social media. Thinking before writing or speaking is critical.
Services This Week:
A reminder that we'll hold our Sabbath Service on Friday evening at 7:15 and our regular Midrash (Bible Study) on Saturday, Shabbat at 10:00 am both at the synagogue. In addition this past week we celebrated 70 years since Israel became a nation.
See you in Shul!