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Parsha Summary: Tazria-Metzora

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This week's double-reading discusses the various categories of tumah (spiritual impurity) emanating from human beings, e.g. a woman who gives birth. The bulk of our 2 Parshiyot deals with Tzara'at, a disease affecting the skin (or clothes or house) of a person, which is a physical manifestation of a spiritual disorder. Though a number of anti-social sins can cause tzara'at, the primary reason for its outbreak is Lashon Hara, improper use of speech.

Upon examination by a Kohen, one is pronounced tahor or tamei. If tamei, he is isolated outside the camp. Later, he immerses in a Mikva, brings korbanot & shaves his body as part of the purification process.
Rabbi Stewart Weiss
Was ordained at the Hebrew Theological College in Skokie, Illinois, and led congregations in Chicago and Dallas prior to making Aliyah in 1992. He directs the Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, helping to facilitate the spiritual absorption of new olim.

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