Parasha: Metzora

Illness and Connection

It was one of those difficult weeks where nearly every day I received a phone call about either a sudden death in the community, or someone who had just discovered one form of cancer or another and was struggling with the “Why me?” question and the fear of death staring

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Finding Healing in Separation

This week’s parashah is Metzora. In this parashah we continue the laws concerning the person with tzara’at (skin afflictions). We were informed in the last parashah, Tazria, that the person suffering from skin afflictions (commonly but inaccurately translated as leprosy) is to be kept separated from the camp until the

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Tzara’at and Selfishness

Parshat Metzora deals with a peculiar condition called tzara’at that afflicts skin, surfaces of walls and clothing. This condition has long been erroneously translated into English as “leprosy.” However, tzara’at is not Hansen’s Disease, the clinical name for leprosy. For starters, the symptoms are not at all similar. Moreover, the

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The Gift of Impermanence: A Story for Parashat Tazria/Metzora

“Orit!” “Ori-i-i-t!” Her mother was calling, but Orit was preoccupied. “Orit Rivkah bat Mushi!” shouted her mother—the use of her full name indicating a growing consternation. “Where are you?!” “Coming, Ima!” Orit called back. No child would dream of avoiding a parent’s call—for if they did, how would they ever

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