Weekly Torah Portion
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.