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Beyond the 4 AmotA Skin Disorder...Only in Israel?
A Short video connecting the Parasha to the land of Israel
  • Insights
    "Unpleasant" Laws
    A Shiur by Rabbi Zalman Melamed for the weekly portion "Tazria-Metzora"
  • שיג ושיח
    Words That Heal
    A Shiur by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks for the weekly portion "Tazria- Metzora".
  • Laws of Family Purity - Avoiding Misconceptions
    The laws of purity and impurity are a part of the Torah that is seemingly beyond human conception. The Torah defines these laws in Bamidbar (19:2): “This is the chok of the Torah.” Rav, the great Amora, when discussing laws relating to our parasha, states: “It is one source – the Torah made it impure, and it made it pure” (Nida 35b). Nevertheless we will try to explain a few principles and what they are meant to teach us.
  • Must I Keep the Mohel?
    Since the beginning of parshas Tazria discusses the mitzvah of bris milah, it is certainly an appropriate week to discuss:
  • The First Surrogate Mother
    Many have tried to explain the sequential significance of “Should a woman give forth seed and give birth to a male” (Vayikra 12:2). A baraita seems to take things literally: “If the woman ovulates first, she will bear a male. If the male’s seed is first, she will bear a girl.” Rabbi Tzadok cites further support for this correlation from the pasuk, “These are the sons that Leah bore for Yaakov in Padan Aram, along with Dina, his daughter” (Bereishit 46:15). Still, it is hard to understand what the Torah is hinting at and what the various rabbis are saying.
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