Weekly Torah Portion



Tazria – M’tzora

Bearing Seed / A Leper

The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: “Speak to the Israelite people thus: When a woman at childbirth bears a male, she shall be impure seven days; she shall be impure as at the time of her condition of menstrual separation.” – Leviticus 12:1-2

The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: “This shall be the ritual for a leper at the time of being purified .” – Leviticus 14:1-2

G-d describes the rituals of purification for a woman after childbirth.  G-d sets forth the methods for diagnosing and treating a variety of skin diseases, including tzara-at (a leprous affection), as well as those for purifying clothing.  Priestly rituals to cure tzara-at when it afflicts humans are described.  Rituals to rid dwelling places of tzara-at are presented.  The parashah denotes male impurities resulting from a penile discharge or seminal emission.  The parashah concludes with accounts of female impurities caused by a discharge of blood.

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