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הרב רפאל זר – גסות הרוח (פרשת מצורע)

03.04.2014

נא לא להיכנס בשבת קודש.
אדם שמתגאה מקומו מחוץ למחנה.

הרב זמיר כהן – פרשת מצורע,לשון הרע.

02.04.2014
הרב זמיר כהן בשיחה קצרה מתוך פרשת מצורע – והפעם: טיהורו של המדבר לשון הרע.

הידברות-הרב יוסף בן פורת-פרשת מצורע

20.03.2013
העונש הוא חטא בעצמו – פרשת מצורע

האדם בחטאו גרם לכך שצריך הבורא להענישו הוא גופא חטא בפני עצמו ועל כך הוא צריך כפרה.
בהקשר לפרשה שהמיטהר מביא קורבן לאחר היטהרותו.

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פרשת מצורע תפקיד הניבראים בחינוך האדם הרב יוסף בן פורת

23.08.2011
להורדה חינם את ספר-ההוכחות-החד-משמעיות-שיש-בורא-לעולם-ו­התורה-אמת-מאת-עו”ד-ערן-בן-עזרא ליחצו על הקישור הבא
https://www.box.com/s/14ecd2nde7kfna5&#8230;

שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שראיתם ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם כהוקרה על כל ההשקעה בערוץ זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות לכם עוד סרטים תודה לכולם!

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הידברות-הרב יונה מצגר-דרך הפרשה-פרשת מצורע

22.03.2012
פרשת מצורע

הרב הראשי הרב יונה מצגר בפינה קצרה ויחודית לערוץ הידברות במסר מיוחד מפרשת השבוע

פרשת ,,,,,- הרב זמיר כהן

פרשת הרב משה סוסנה

בס”ד
לייעוץ והכוונה, סידור קידושין, כשרויות, חזנות ספרדית ומרוקאית, וכל עניני דת, הרב משה סוסנה.757.359.8468. אימייל, moshesosna@gmail.com
הרב משה סוסנה שליט”א הוסמך על ידי בית מדרש לרבנים, ע”י הרב מרדכי אליהו זצוק”ל, וכן הרב עבר בחינות של הרבנות הראשית לישראל, ומכהן כעת כרב בורגיניה ביץ, אמריקה בבית כנסת היכל שלמה ובעוד כמה בתי כנסיות. הסרטונים הם שיעורי תורה, ומוסר, על מעגל השנה, ופרשיות השבוע, פסקי הלכות, ודברים השווים לכל נפש, שמעו ותחי נפשכם.

פרשת שבוע ומודעות עצמית

 

שיעור פצצה שמלמד ת’כלס על מה אני צריך להתכוונן לפני פורים…כדאי להקדיש זמן להתבוננות…מחלקים פה מתנות. מי שרוצה שיבוא וישמע

שלמה יעקב ביטון

Moshe Vaknin פרשת ….

פרשת Harav Elon Lessons

פרשת רוני גרפיקס בר

הרב ברוך רוזנבלום פרשת Rabbi Baruch Rosenblum

שיעורי תורה, סרטים יפים ועוד

 

פרשת – פרטי קרבן עולה – לימוד בוקר בפרשה – -הרב דב ביגון – ערוץ מאיר – שיעורי תורה – יהדות

הרב יוסף מזרחי

פרשת עם הרב שרגא זלמנוב – לגימת חסידות

פרשת פקודי ופרשת השקלים -מה זה מחצית השקל ולמה נותנים את מחצית השקל? ולמה מכריזים על השקלים בחודש אדר?
למה המילים משכן ומשכון הם אותו השורש?
ההרבה שאלות והרבה תשובות בפרק זה של לגימת חסידות עם הרב שרגא זלמנוב על פרשת פקודי

הרב אברהם הכהן

Rabbanim

Rabbanim

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חדש! לדון לכף זכות הרב מנשה בן פורת חובה לצפות!!!,Rabbanim

09.02.2014
המשנה במסכת אבות מבקשת “והווה דן כל אדם לכף זכות”, כיצד ניתן לעשות כן? האם זה לא שקר לדון לכף זכות? על שאלות אלו ואחרות עונה הרב מנשה בן פורת דרך סיפורים מהחיים מתוך חוכמת חז”ל הנפלאה.

שלום חברים! כל מי שיכול בבקשה ממכם כל סרט טוב שראיתם ממה שאני העלתי או אחרים כמובן רק סרטי יהדות תלחצו על אהבתי וגם תגובה טובה או תודה וכמה זה חיזק אותכם כהוקרה על כל ההשקעה בערוץ זה מאוד חשוב לי ונותן כח להמשיך להעלות לכם עוד סרטים תודה לכולם!

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פרשת השבוע תזריע

פרשת השבוע תזריע

פרשת —-

צדקה בינלאומית הרב אברהם בן אסולין

11.02.2014
שתפו תחברים והרשמו לערוץ שלי הרשמה לערוץ תעניק לכם את הזכות להיות הראשונים לדעת על כל הרצאה או סרטון חדש שיוצא לפני כולם
אתר הפייסבוק של הערוץ https://www.facebook.com/toraamitit?r&#8230;
אתר “תורה אחת” http://www.tora1.com הרצאות של מגוון רבנים לשמיעה ולצפיה עם מגוון נושאים זוגיות,חינוך ילדים,פרשת השבוע,חגי ישראל,הלכה,דף היומי,גמרא,קבלה,מיסטיקה,תורה ומדע,גילגולי נשמות,מוות קליני,חלומות,שם האדם,סוד האותיות,מוסר,סיפורי צדיקים,יהדות,תנך,חסידות,סיפורים אישיים של בעלי תשובה מגוון רבנים בין היתר: הרב יצחק פנגר,הרב זמיר כהן,הרב בן ציון מוצפי,הרב עובדיה יוסף,הרב יצחק יוסף,הרב שלמה לוינשטיין,הרב נסים יגן,הרב יעקב ישראל לוגאסי,הרב ארז משה דורון,הרב ברוך רוזנבלום,הרב ראובן אלבז,הרב יוסף מוגרבי,הרב שמשון פינקוס,הרב מנחם שטין,הרב משה איינהורן,הרב יאושיהו פינטו,הרב יעקב עדס,הרב יוסף בן פורת,הרב יחיאל יעקובזון,הרב שמחה כהן,הרב מאיר שלמה,הרב יהודה יוספי,הרב בניהו שמואלי,הרבית סיאני,הרב אליהו רוסתמי,הרב דניאל זר, הרב רפאל זר,הרב חיים הכהן המכונה בשם “החלבן” הרב יהודה אליהו,הרב מאיר אליהו,הרב זילבר,הרב חיים רבי,הרב נחום דיאמנט,הרב מרדכי נויגרשל,הרב אהרון זכאי,הרב עוזיהו אלכורת,הרב דוד בצרי,הרב דוד שטרית,הרב משה לוי,הרב יעקב שכנזי,הרב שלום לופס,הרב יוסף שובלי,הרב יעקב חיים סופר,הרב יורם אברגל,הרב יורם סרי,הרב עמנואל מזרחי,הרב אהרון פרידמן,הרב דן סגל,הרב יהונתן חן,הרב ניסים פרץ הרב אמנון יצחק הרב יצחק פנגר,הרב אמנון יצחק הרב יצחק פנגר,הרב אמנון יצחק הרב יצחק פנגר הרב לסרי,הרב ניר בן ארצי,הרב ארוש,הרב קוואס,הרב ברג,הרב דוד יוסף,הרב הרצל חודר,הרב יובל אשרוב הכהן,כהן,לוי,הרב כדורי,הרב קרליבך,הרב לייטמן,הרב לאו,הרב מאיר אליהו,הרב אמנון יצחק,הרב קריספי,ליאור הרב אמנון יצחק הרב בן ציון מוצפי הרב עובדיה יוסף
הרשמה לערוץ תעניק לכם את הזכות להיות הראשונים לדעת על כל הרצאה או סרטון חדש שיוצא לפני כולם
ובבקשה מכם לא לצפות בסרטונים בשבת וחגים
אנא בכל לשון בקשה שתפו את הערוץ בפייסבוק או בכל אתר שיתוף
וקח תקחו זכות נצחית בזיכוי הרבים
יהי רצון שכל השיעורים יהיו לנורה בת לאה בריאות הגוף והנפש ונחת מכולם
לרפואה שלמה מהרה לחיים בן מרים
ולעילוי נשמת אלי בן מזל ומשה בן גליה

הרב פינטו – פרשת / שהתקיים בלוס אנגלס / כ”ה בשבט תשע”ד

פרשת הרב שלמה יעקב ביטון

פרשת   עי הרב אליהו דיסקין יתרו יח שבט תשסט

12.01.2014
לחץ על הקישור הבא: והאזן או הורד אלפי קלטות אודיו
https://drive.google.com/folderview?i&#8230;

הרב יהודה קרויזר –

הרב פינטו

עונג שבת – פרשת – תוכנית באורך מלא

פרשת הרשמה לערוץ תעניק לכם את הזכות להיות הראשונים לדעת על כל הרצאה או סרטון חדש שיוצא לפני כולם
ובבקשה מכם לא לצפות בסרטונים בשבת וחגים

הרב זמיר כהן

קול צופייך | תשנ”ח ו’ שבט | פרשת | הלכות ט”ו בשבט | מרן הרב מרדכי אליהו

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לתכנים וסרטים נוספים בקרו באתר הרב מרדכי אליהו
http://www.harav.org/

פרשת הרב קניאל שליט”א כרמיאל תשע”א

פרשת הרב קניאל שליט”א כרמיאל

הרב פינטו שיעור מוסר על פרשת שיעור קונפרנס לאשדוד

חדש! פרשת – הכרת הטוב הרב הרצל חודר מומלץ ומרתק ביותר!!!

פרשת הרב אליהו אור

פרשת הרב דרוקמן

קול צופייך | פרשת תשע”ד | הלכות הנלמדות מהמן | הרה”ג שמואל אליהו

07.01.2014
שיעורו השבועי של מורנו הרב שמואל אליהו על פרשת בדינים והלכות הנלמדות מירידת המן במדבר.. צפייה מהנה..
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לתכנים שיעורים וסרטים נוספים של הרב שמואל אליהו
בקרו באתר הרב מרדכי אליהו
http://www.harav.org/

הרב ברוך רוזנבלום פרשת

11.01.2014
דרשותיו המהממות של הרב ברוך רוזנבלום על פרשת השבוע המתקיימות בימי חמישי בעיר בני ברק ברחוב רבי עקיבא 52 בשעה 20:30

הרב שלמה לוינשטיין שליט”א –  פרשת  התשע”ב

27.01.2013
לעוד שיעורים של הרב ועוד רבנים אחרים יותר מ – 7.5000 שיעורים!!
בקרו בערוץ היוטיוב של ‘עמרם שלום פרידמן’

פרשת

2 דקות תורה לפרשת
הכנסו לערוץ – http://www.youtube.com/user/2Torah

לחצו “הרשם” \ subscribe ו”אהבתי” \ like.
שתי דקות של תורה – פרשת השבוע.
.Two minutes of torah, parashat bo
חידוש קצר מפרשת השבוע פרשת בא.
מפי הרב הצדיק רבי יוסף שובלי שליט”א.

קישורים:

http://www.breslev-midot.com/%D7%94%D… הרבי מליובאוויטש , rabbi melubavitz

שתי דקות תורה – חידושים קצרים על פרשת שבוע.

הידברות-הרב אורי זוהר-פרשת שמות

08.02.2012

פרשת שמות
הרב אורי זוהר ממשיך בסדר הפרשיות והמוסר שעומד מאחוריהם והפעם פרשת שמות.

מהרחו

29.07.2013   Rav Moshe Armoni

 

פרשת בא

116.05.2012

שיעורים של הרב מרדכי אלון שליט”א לפרשת השבוע משנת תשסח
בית מדרש ואהבת מושבה מגדל
הקדמה לספר שמות
שמות, פסוק א עד יא

שיעורים על פרשת תזריע – כשרות בעלי חיים – לימוד בוקר בפרשה – -הרב דב ביגון – ערוץ מאיר – שיעורי תורה – יהדות

הרב אברהם חפוטא שליט”א

הרב יצחק רצאבי הדרשה השבועית מוצ”ש 19.1.13 פרשת

19.01.2013

הרב יצחק רצאבי שליט”א הדרשה השבועית פרשת בא תשע”ג – באדיבות אתר יהודי נט פרשת השבוע http://www.yehudy.net

הרב יונה מצגר

הרב שקד בוהדנה שליט”א – פרשת ” ” תשע”א.

 הרב משה סוסנה

01.01.2013

מה התועלת שיצאה מהשיעבוד במצרים? ומה עלינו ללמוד מכך.

שיעור שבועי הרב ניר בן ארצי שליט”א

בקשות פרשת Bakashot Parashat

13.01.2011

On the Hilula of Baba Sali on Motsae Shabbat January 8th, the Sephardic Community got together at Abir Yaakob Congregation to sing the Moroccan Bakashot of Parashat Bo along with some of the piyutim of Yagel Yaakob.
Hazanim included:
R’ David Kadoch of Abir Yaakob
R’ Aviv Ouanounou of Magen David

Divre Torah address given by: Haham Amram Assayag

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02.04.2014

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Chabad Chai Center Of Montreal

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2014 02 27 Sfas Emes on Parasha …with Reb Aryeh

Rav Sprecher Parashat HaChodesh 5774

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Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi – “Parashat …..”

17.12.2013
Visit Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi Web Site – http://www.divineinformation.com/

Parashat….. with Rabbi Avraham Gaon Highlights BukharianCommunity .com

Parshat … Rabbi Yitzchak Ginsburgh

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Rabbi Yosef Mizrachi – Parshat and more…

15.12.2011
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Rabbi Moshe Weisblum

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Rabbi Milevsky

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Peiner, puis faire les Mitsvots avec joie, cela apporte en nous l’amour de D-ieu !

23.03.2014

Rav Ron Chaya et Leava vous présentent ” Peiner, puis faire les Mitsvots avec joie, cela apporte en nous l’amour de D-ieu ! “.

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Metsora 5771 par le Rav Barkats : Hala’ha et Paracha

 06.04.2011

Metsora 5771 par le Rav Barkats : Hala’ha et Paracha

Rav Jeremy  Diffusons la Torah

Dva’h Mal’hout Parachat ….

 19.03.2014

Etudes avec Yaacov Corda

Parachat … Rav TOUITOU

Cour de torah sur la Paracha ….par Avy Allouche, d´après les cours du Rav Corda

Rav Yossef Tordjmann présente: Paracha …..

02.03.2014
Cours dédié à la mémoire de Fortunée Messaouda bat Myriam, Esther bat Messaouda, Victor Haim ben Atou, Martine Aziza bat Yvonne Myriam, Reine bat Haki, Dina bat Diamanté, Gaston Haim Yehouda ben Rina, Moche Dov ben Haziza et Julie Zouira bat Kouika, ainsi que pour la guérison complète du bébé Odaya Haya bat Vicky Rivka Shila, Antoine ben Emile, Haim Mickael ben Rivka, Makhlouf ben Haya, David ben Rahel, Yehouda ben Rahel, Mike Meyer Haim ben Simha, Touna bat Esther, Esther bat Rahel, Chalom ben Avraham, Haya bat Rahel, Hamous ben Rahel, Eliyahou ben Chlomo, Moche ben Avraham et Bilha Braha bat Rahel.

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Cours audio : Paracha Tazria-Metsora – Purete/impureté par le Rav Dov Roth -Lumbroso

23.04.2012
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Parasha Metsora : Le Rav Mordochaï Bensoussan nous éclaire

Paracha de la semaine Rav Yehouda Ben Ichay de la Communauté Emouna Cheléma à Jérusalem

5 minutes sur la paracha de cette semaine par le Rav Messod Touboul.

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Institutions à la mémoire des Tzaddikim Rabbi Haïm et Rabbi Moche aaron Pinto Zatsal

Rav Raphael Pinto

PARACHA DE LA SEMAINE 5774

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PARACHA DE LA SEMAINE

Paracha Tazria Metsora par le Rav Yossef David Cohen

25.04.2012
Tout savoir sur la Paracha de la semaine sur http://www.jattitude.net/category/par&#8230;

Paracha de la semaine : Rabbanim …

Rav Yehia BENCHETRIT

31.03.2014
En l honneur du 1 er gala de la Yechiva thora mitsion Roch Yechiva Itshak Fitoussy

Réfléchis, Arrêtes de courir et Prends du recul !

22.04.2011
Nous sommes fin de Paracha Chémini et la Torah nous dit de ne pas détruire notre âme avec la nourriture. Intéressant, la Torah ne parle pas d’hygiène du corps mais d’hygiène de l’âme. La nourriture non cacher ferme les portes de la compréhension et de la sensibilité. La religion juive authentique est impossible en dehors du respect de la cacherout. ‘Car je suis Hachem qui vous fait monter de la terre de Mitsraim (lieu des limites) pour devenir votre D., vous deviendrez Saint car je suis Saint, cous livre le verset. Nos sages remarquent que c’est la première fois que nous parlons de MONTÉE d’Egypte et non de sortie. Ah, qu’ils sont sages nos sages ! Rien ne leur échappe! Pourquoi la Cacherout bénéficie-t-elle d’un rappel plus fort que toutes les autres Mitsvot ?

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La paracha de la semaine … Rabbin Joseph Abittan

Sefer 3 – Vaykra – Paracha METSORA 5774 – Rabbin Joseph Abittan

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La paracha de la semaine … Machon Oran

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J´suis ta reine, pas ta boniche !! – Tazria- Cours epoustouflant-24 Mars 2014

 

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04.03.2014

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Недельная глава Торы МЕЦОРА

30.03.2014
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Две причины появления язв в домах евреев в Израиле: чтобы найти спрятанные драгоценности или чтобы очистить “дух нечистоты” кенаанитских домов.
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Рав Даниэль Булочник. Недельная глава Торы “Мецора”

01.04.2014


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01.04.2014
Ашер Альтшуль беседует о недельной главе Торы в cвете сегоднешней рeальности.
http://www.orazion.org

Недельная глава Тазриа-Мецора

07.08.2012
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Недельная глава Мецора

21.04.2013
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Недельная глава Мецора (03/04/11)

12.04.2013
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Недельная глава Тазриа-Мецора

 07.08.2012

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Недельная глава с Ашером Альтшулем. Глава…

12.03.2014

Ашер Альтшуль беседует о недельной главе Торы в cвете сегоднешней риальности.
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Глава ….

29.03.2012 Rav Moshe Chaim Levin

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Недельная глава 

Rav Moshe Chaim Levin

25.12.2012г. Недельная глава Торы

11.02.2013

Занятие по недельной главе Торы проходит в нашей общине регулярно. В сезоне 2012-2013 – по вторникам, 19:40 – 21:00.

Раввин общины, Йосеф Херсонский разработал формат этого занятия:
– Мини-урок (15-20 минут) помощника раввина
– Часовое занятие раввина, в котором участникам предлагается выбрать наиболее интересующие их темы из сюжета недельной главы. В начале занятия раввин делает общий обзор главы и предлагает участникам список тем, упомянутых в главе + пояснения, каким образом эта тема актуальна сегодня. Каждый участник озвучивает 3 наиболее интересующие его темы. Рейтинг интересующих тем формирует программу занятия.

Данное занятие провел полностью помощник раввина ввиду того, что раввин был в отъезде.

Каждый день есть новое видео о Иудаизме

 

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Официальный сайт программы “Лимуд” под руководством рава Мойше Шапиро и рава Звулуна Шварцмана

The official website of the “Limmud” under the leadership of Rabbi Moshe Shapiro and Rav Schwartzman Zebulun

Недельная глава  Rabbi Sergei Kruglyanitsa

Недельная глава Rabbi Svirsky

Недельная глава Rav Chaims Haulov

Недельная глава Торы

НЕДЕЛЬНАЯ ГЛАВА ТОРЫ “МЕЦОРА”

20.03.2014

Читает раввин, профессор Александр Лакшин. Лекция.

 

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Kabbala Fankfurt

12.02.2014

Das goldene Kalb
Zitat 1
1 Als aber das Volk sah, dass Mose ausblieb und nicht wieder von dem Berge zurückkam, sammelte es sich gegen Aaron und sprach zu ihm: Auf, mach uns einen G-tt, der vor uns hergehe! Denn wir wissen nicht, was diesem Mann Mose widerfahren ist, der uns aus Ägyptenland geführt hat.
2 Aaron sprach zu ihnen: Reißt ab die goldenen Ohrringe an den Ohren eurer Frauen, eurer Söhne und eurer Töchter und bringt sie zu mir.
3 Da riss alles Volk sich die goldenen Ohrringe von den Ohren und brachte sie zu Aaron.
4 Und er nahm sie von ihren Händen und bildete das Gold in einer Form und machte ein gegossenes Kalb. Und sie sprachen: Das ist dein G-tt, Israel, der dich aus Ägyptenland geführt hat!
(2. Moses 32:1-4)

Zitat 2
19 Sie machten ein Kalb am Horeb und beteten das gegossene Bild an
20 und verwandelten die Herrlichkeit ihres G-ttes in das Bild eines Ochsen, der Gras frisst.
21 Sie vergaßen G-tt, ihren Heiland, der so große Dinge in Ägypten getan hatte,
22 Wunder im Lande Hams und schreckliche Taten am Schilfmeer.
23 Und er gedachte, sie zu vertilgen, wäre nicht Mose gewesen, sein Auserwählter; der trat vor ihm in die Bresche, seinen Grimm abzuwenden, dass er sie nicht verderbe.
(Psalmen 106:19-23)

Zitat 3
Wo keine Rinder sind, da ist die Krippe leer; aber die Kraft des Ochsen bringt reichen Ertrag.
(Sprüche 14:4)

Zitat 4
3 Ein Ochse kennt seinen Herrn und ein Esel die Krippe seines Herrn; aber Israel kennt’s nicht, und mein Volk versteht’s nicht.
(Jesaja 1:3)

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Raw Frand zu Parschat Mezora 5771

Der Mezora benötigt doppelte Sühne

Am Ende seiner unreinen Periode muss der Mezora (geistiger Aussätziger/Lepra-Kranke), sowohl ein Korban Ascham (Schuldopfer) wie auch ein Korban Chatat (Sündopfer) bringen. Beide diese Opfer erreichen Sühne. Weshalb sind beide diese Opfer notwendig, um seine Sühne zu erlangen? Normalerweise genügt entweder ein Ascham oder ein Chatat.

Der Ramban findet die Forderung von sowohl einem Ascham wie auch einem Chatat bemerkenswert. Der Ramban schlägt vor, dass die zwei Opfer für zwei verschiedene Aspekte der Sünde sühnen. Das Ascham sühnt für die ursprüngliche Sünde welche der Mezora getan hat und die ihm die himmlische Strafe von Lepra eingebracht hat. Das Chatat jedoch sühnt für Awerot, die er getan hat, als er schon ein Mezora war. Vielleicht hat er in seiner Qual, Haschem verleugnet oder über seine Strafe reklamiert. Auch dies benötigt eine Sühne.

Vielleicht können wir den Vorschlag des Rambans besser verstehen, wenn wir realisieren, dass Zara‘at (Aussatz) eine schreckliche Krankheit war. Es war eine geistige Krankheit, die sich in körperlichen Symptomen ausdrückte, doch die körperlichen Symptome waren schrecklich. Und es war nicht nur körperlich schrecklich, sondern auch sozial unerträglich. Es verlangte, dass der Mensch “aus dem Lager verbannt wurde.“ Normalerweise gehen wir einen Kranken besuchen, das ist die Mizwa von Bikur Cholim. Im Fall eines Mezora – im Gegensatz – dürfen wir ihn nicht besuchen gehen. Er wird aus der Gesellschaft ausgeschlossen! “Er muss alleine wohnen, ausserhalb des Lagers” [Wajikra 13:46].

Während dieser sehr schmerzlichen, einsamen Leidenszeit ist der Mensch wahrscheinlich versucht, irgendwelche lästerliche Gedanken zu äussern: “Haschem, weshalb tust Du mir dies an?” Es ist fast unvermeidlich. Deshalb schlägt der Ramban vor, dass das Chatat des Mezora für die blasphemischen Gedanken sühnt, die er vielleicht gegen Haschem geäussert hat während seiner erzwungenen Absonderung.

Das Leben verläuft nicht immer ruhig. Es gibt viele Situationen worin das Leben sehr schwierig und schmerzhaft sein kann. Manchmal wundert man sich “Weshalb ich? Weshalb geschieht dies mir? Ich verdiene dies nicht! Haschem ist nicht fair.” Wir müssen versuchen solche Gedanken zu verdrängen. Es ist schwierig. Es ist sehr schwierig, doch wir müssen diese Gedanken wortwörtlich zerstören. Wir müssen Gläubige sein, die Nachkommen von Gläubigen. Was immer Haschem uns oder dem jüdischen Volk tut, tut Er nicht, weil Er uns hasst, sondern weil Er uns liebt.

Die klassischen Kommentatoren erklären, dass Haschem uns einen Gefallen tut mit den Gesetzen von Mezora und Zara‘at. Wir tun etwas falsch und Haschem schickt uns Botschaften, dass wir uns verbessern sollen. Zuerst beginnt der Zara’at mit unseren Häusern, dann kommt es ein wenig näher und befällt unsere Kleidung. Wenn wir es danach immer noch nicht kapiert haben, dann kommt es auf den Körper des Menschen. Es ist jedoch keine Strafe, sondern eine Botschaft.

Wann immer auch ein Mensch solche Probleme durchqueren muss, so muss er denken: Haschem will, dass ich mich bessere!

Rav Frand, Copyright © 2011 by Rav Frand und Project Genesis, Inc und Verein Lema’an Achai / Jüfo-Zentrum.

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Parashat Metzorá

18.02.2014

Clase de Torá, sobre la parashá de la semana Metzorá. Brindada por el Rabino Nissán Ben Avraham, descendiente de chuetas que retornó al judaísmo y se desempeña hoy día como enviado de Shavei Israel en España. Para más información sobre las actividades de Shavei Israel http://www.shavei.org, blog para Bnei Anusim http://www.casa-anusim.org

PARASHAT METZORÁ – LA CURACIÓN POR AMOR

04.04.2011

Mensaje 1 del Rabino Itzjak Ginsburgh para la parashá METZORÁ 5771
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La parashá de esta semana, Parashat Metzorá , comienza con el proceso de la purificación de la lepra. Después de que el sacerdote ve que (el leproso) ha sanado físicamente, ahora debe ser sanado espiritualmente. El proceso de la purificación espiritual involucra cuatro objetos diferentes: primero, debe tomar dos pájaros puros vivos, tiene que tomar un trozo de madera de cedro, debe tomar escarlata, una cinta escarlata producido del tolaá , de un gusano, y tiene que tomar hisopo.

¿Cuál es el secreto y la alusión de estos cuatro elementos, ingredientes en el proceso de la purificación espiritual? Así Rashi y los sabios nos enseñan que las aves se toman por qué una de las razones más importantes del volverse enfermo, en lepra, en tzaraat , es que se ha hablado lashón hará , se han dicho cosas malas sobre otra personas, otros judíos. Y como las aves siempre están trinando, y “hablando,” es así que esto representa el habla. Entonces, las aves tienen que tomarse para poder expiar las malas lenguas.

¿Por qué dos aves? Porque a veces el habla puede ser buena, entonces, una de las aves es para sacrificar y la otra se deja libre en el campo. El ave que es sacrificada, se dice, que es para expiación por las malas palabras. El ave que queda viva y es puesta en libertad es porque no hemos venido a anular palabras, sino sólo queremos asegurarnos que todas tus palabras sean dedicadas la Torá y tefilá, a buenas palabras, palabras comprensivas que ayuden a los demás, para eso es el habla. Así que para eso son las dos aves.

¿Qué pasa con el segundo ingrediente, el trozo de madera de cedro? Los cedros son los árboles más altos y poderosos y representan la arrogancia del alma y por la arrogancia se debe expiar. También es llamada gasut ruaj , espíritu burdo, y este también es un gran motivo para la enfermedad, incluso tal vez mayor que hablar mal, pues el hablar mal viene de una arrogancia interior del alma. De esta manera, eso simboliza la altanería, la altivez de espíritu.

Algunos de los comentaristas preguntan ¿cuál es el motivo por el que tomamos algo, por ejemplo al ave que representa las mala lenguas y también la madera de cedro que representa el mal sentimiento de a arrogancia? ¿Por qué tomamos las cosas malas como ingredientes en el proceso de purificación? A esto nos referiremos en un momento.

Las últimas dos cosas de las cuatro son remedios explícitos, por que como dijimos el escarlata lo tomamos de un gusano porque ” shni tolaá “, es un gusano, esas son las palabras que aparecen en la Torá. Y el gusano representa santidad, tal como lo dijo el Rey David de sí mismo: ” anoji tolaá lo ish “, “soy un gusano y no un hombre”. Y en otro versículo el Rey David dijo de sí mismo: ” haiti shafal veenai “, “soy muy bajo ante mis propios ojos”. Así que ese sentimiento de ser como un gusano es un estado de bajeza existencial del alma, que es un fundamento muy positivo y necesario para nuestra habilidad de ser verdaderamente altruista hacia los demás y de servir a Dios con alegría. continua enhttp://www.dimensiones.org/canales/vi…

PARASHAT METZORÁ 5771 – 2 “LOS 400 MUNDOS DEL DESEO”

06.04.2011

Mensaje 1 del Rabino Itzjak Ginsburgh para la parashá METZORÁ 5771
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La parashá de la semana, parashát Metzorá comienza [Levítico 14:2]

זאת תהיה תורת המצרע ביום טהרתו והובא אל הכהן

” zot torát hametzorá veiom taharató, vehuva el hacohen ”

“Esta será la Torá del metzorá en el día de su purificación y es llevado al sacerdote”.

Se podría pensar que la palabra metzorá figura muchas veces en la Torá. Pero para gran sorpresa, esta palabra figura sólo una vez en toda la Torá, justamente al principio de esta parashá, zot torát hametzorá . En toda la parashá anterior, Tazría , donde están los principios de las leyes de la persona metzorá , no figura ni siquiera una vez la palabra metzorá, sino que dice tzarúa , pero no de esta forma como metzorá .

En todo el Tanaj hay otras 9 veces la palabra metzorá, o sea que en toda la Torá está 10 veces, siendo que en los 5 libros de Moshé sólo está 1 vez, zot torát hametzorá veiom taharató . Esto significa que hay algo esencial -aquí es el keter , la corona de las 10 apariciones- y en Keter el metzorá está puro, ” Esta será la Torá del metzorá” .

Sin embargo, hay quien dice que como esta forma gramatical metzorá figura sólo una vez en la Torá, aquí, este es el motivo de que Reish Lakish explica en la Guemará que metzorá es motzí ra , “dar mal nombre”. Y sólo si escribimos metzorá , con mem מ , se puede explicar así. Esta explicación de Reish Lakish es sobre este verso porque no hay otro donde figure de esta manera. Y hay quien dice también que resalta lo especial que hay en esta única vez que figura metzorá en la Torá.

Sea como sea, dijimos que esta es la única vez, y hay otras 9 veces metzorá en el Tanaj . Una de ellas es que el rey David maldice a Ioav, después que Ioav asesinó, derramó sangre suya. Derramó la sangre de Avner ben Ner, el ministro de defensa de Israel, y que quería unirse al rey David, y lo envidió por supuesto, porque él quería ser el ministro de defensa y lo mató. Entonces David lo maldijo “no te acerques a la casa de Ioav, es gonorreico y metzorá , etc”. Dicen los sabios que esta maldición con que David maldijo a Ioav, recayó sobre sí mismo, ¿por qué? Porque a partir de ese momento quedó en la cabeza de David la idea de vengarse de Ioav, matarlo. Y por cuanto que esa fue su intención y le ordenó antes de morir a su hijo el rey Shlomó, que cierre cuentas con Ioav, y así verdaderamente lo hizo. Por cuanto que tenía planeado dañar a Ioav no tenía que haberlo maldecido. Si quieres maldecirlo, maldícelo, y ya; quieres matarlo, hazlo, pero no se hacen las dos cosas al mismo tiempo. Y debido a que tenía en mente matarlo, su maldición regresó a sí mismo. ¿Cómo regresó la metzorá? No es que volvió, sino que así como maldijo a toda la casa de Ioav, a toda su simiente, también regresó a David y a toda su descendencia. Y por eso hubo un descendiente de los reyes de Iehudá, de los reyes importantes, Uziahu el rey, que se enfermó de tzaraat . Y también hay un motivo, por supuesto hizo algo para ser castigado con esta enfermedad, pero que el rey Uziahu haya sido castigado con esta enfermedad, así aprenden los sabios, es la maldición de David que volvió a sí mismo. Es decir que no se cumplió en Ioav, sino que recayó en la casa de David. continúa enhttp://www.dimensiones.org/canales/vi…

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El Rabino David Tabachnik, director de los Institutos Ariel, comenta la Parashá de la semana. Él describe las transgresiones contra el prójimo, y aquellas contra los mandamientos de Dios. El Rabino señala que aquellas personas que hacen el mal a otros generan energías negativas y producen llagas en su alma. Aquellas personas que hacen el bien logran limpiar su espríritu. Los profetas y los sabios, dice el Rabino, son aquellas personas que han sabido identificar las llagas espirituales del pueblo e indicar el camino para expiarlas.
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Parashat Tazria/Metzora con el Rabino Iona Blickstein

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¡Mosca! que somos Crown Royal

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Mensaje de Parshat Metzora,
Rabino Yosef Slavin,
Jabad Lubavitch,
Caracas, Venezuela

Parasha …. segunda parte Rabino Moshe Abravanel

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Mensaje del Rabino Itzjak Ginsburgh para la parashá …
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Hay algo muy especial con respecto a los mandamientos, acerca del concepto de ordenar, mandar. Ordenar, en primer lugar implica reinado, ¿Quién da órdenes, quien manda? El rey, un rey ordena. Entonces, el hecho que toda la Torá sea un libro de preceptos, quiere decir que todo su propósito es el de revelar, manifestar el reino de Dios en la tierra, que Hashem Hu Hamelej, que Dios es el Rey, Él ordena y nosotros cumplimos, lo que Él ordena nosotros lo hacemos.

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How is doing a voluntary mitzvah like wearing a snazzy outfit? Parshat …. Rabbi Ari Strulowitz

Parshat Vayikra opens the third book of Torah by outlining korban, burnt offerings. Rabbi Ari Strulowitz of Midwest NCSY, interprets the wording of the second verse: “a man from AMONG you brings a sacrifice.”
While some mitzvot are must-do’s but many others are voluntary, and so perhaps this sacrifice is a voluntary one. Why does this matter? Find out!

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Questions and Answers for Today’s Jewish Woman

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Available on naaleh.com at: http://www.naaleh.com/viewclass/1773/&#8230;

In this Torah shiur (class) addressing with the
challenges of contemporary Jewish women, Rebbetzin Tziporah Heller
answers real questions that have been sent in from Naaleh students all
over the world  This class discusses prayer, the challenges of blended families, women’s role in Judaism, dealing with chronic illness, and other relevant
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בואי והצטרפי אלינו למסע רוחני ומיוחד עם הרבה שמחה, אהבה ותפילה.
לכל קברות הצדיקים באוקראינה-
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והכל במחירים הכל זולים בארץ!!אוכל כשר!! ותנאים מעולים!!
התקשרי עכשיו לברר על הנסיעה הקרובה ובעז”ה תראי ניסים וישועות!!

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Good and Evil: Understanding our Choices

03.09.2013
Right and wrong, good and evil; they are all clear cut examples of choices. But as Rachael explains, life is not always a choice between two options.

Rachael’s Centre for Torah, Mussar and Ethics is a not for profit, charitable organization that focuses on sharing and applying Jewish wisdom from a woman’s perspective.
Dr. Rachael Turkienicz, our founder and executive director, has developed a unique approach to revealing these ancient truths in the context of a modern world. Rachael holds a Ph.D. in Talmudic and Midrashic Studies from Brandeis University. Currently she is a Professor at York University in both of its Education and Jewish Studies faculties. Rachael is an influential and needed woman’s voice within Judaism today.
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An incredible weekend with an incredible group of teens! We met up with 1000+ CTeens from around the world — France, England, Australia and Israel, just to name a few. Featuring Havdalah in Times Square with British singer-songwriter Alex Clare. – created athttp://animoto.com

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Parshat Metzorah: “Leprosy,” the Gossip Disease

 05.03.2010

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Picking up where we stopped scratching in the last episode, it’s back to infestations in Metzorah. But as Rabbi Steve Greenberg explains, a “tzara’at” rash can infiltrate your clothes and your house…not just your skin. Tune in for tips on staying disease-free.

This is Episode 28 of the weekly Torah cartoon from G-dcast.com. Each week, a different storyteller – some musical, some poetic, some just straight-up, tell the story of the current Torah portion…and then we animate it!






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La Paracha avec Boubach saison 2 !!

 

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WEEKLY TORAH FOR KIDS: Parshat Metzora

 

Living with the Parsha: Hidden Jewels

Sara awoke with a scream. “No don’t do it! Don’t destroy my bedroom walls—I just got them painted… NOOOOOO!!”

Sara’s mother rushed to her daughter’s bedroom, but not before glancing at the clock on the wall: 4:12 am. Why on earth was her daughter screaming in the middle of the night?!

As soon as she opened the bedroom door, she realized her daughter was having a nightmare. “Shhh…Sara…it’s just a dream. Don’t worry, you’re home, lying in your bed, shhh…”

“Oh Mummy!” Sara sobbed. “It was so real! Just like we learned in the weekly Torah reading class today! One of the walls of the house inside was covered in spots. It was terrible. Mr. Cohen from next door came and looked at it, and said the wall has to be knocked down!”

Her mother sat down next to her on the bed and began to stroke her hair. “Shhh darling…it’s okay…that only happened thousands of years ago, that sort of thing does not happen nowadays…”

“Mummy! You don’t understand,” Sara cried. “We learned in class yesterday about a thing called tzara’at, spots and patches. It can come on someone’s skin, or on their clothes, or on the walls of their house. One reason why it came was because of speaking badly about people, lashon hara. If the person didn’t stop, it would get worse and worse. Even the walls of his house would become covered in spots. Then, he would have to destroy his home to get rid of them. Imagine, his very own home!”

Sara’s mother looked at her daughter with a tired smile. “Sara, it seems that you only heard half of the story. Life sometimes does that—what appears to be so strange and even scary really ends up to a person’s benefit.”

Sara rubbed her eyes in confusion. “I don’t get what you are trying to say…”

“Before the Jews came to settle in the Land of Israel, the Canaanites lived there. The Canaanites knew that the Jews would conquer the land, so they hid their jewels in the walls of their homes. Knocking down the walls was actually a way that the buried treasure would be discovered.”

Despite the late hour Sara gave a huge grin. “My dream does not seem so scary anymore! I can just imagine—this poor man, feeling so bad about his sin, having to destroy his own home….Lo and behold, he finds treasures hidden inside the wall! What a great ending!”

Exhaustion was rapidly affecting Sara’s mother, but not before she got her last word in. “You know Sara, the jewels hidden in the walls tell us something about people. Some people seem very negative, like a wall covered with spots. But in fact, there is always something positive and beautiful hidden inside them. The Torah is always hidden inside their soul—like the precious jewels.”

Sara laughed. She looked up at the clock: 4:30 am. She had forgotten her bad dream. “I can imagine helping everyone uncovering their treasure inside—but just not at this early time in the morning!”

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See the Talking Wine Bottle!

 

Hey Kids!Passover is getting closer – there’s just about two weeks until the seder!We’re really excited and are getting really busy with our Passover preparations — from cleaning to shopping, and of course practicing the Ma Nishtana when we’ll ask the Four Questions at the seder!Here are some great features we thought you would enjoy. Click here to watch a talking wine bottle tell you all about the Seder traditions, and when you’re done, be sure to check out our wine bottle craft and the documentary about how Kosher for Passover wine is made!

There’s loads for kids to do on our Passover site, with exciting stories, entertaining videos, fun crafts and music to get your whole family into the holiday spirit!

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Our Passover children’s site features interactive games, video, audio and much more on the festival of Passover

A fun exploration of the uses of wine at Jewish rituals including Shabbat, festivals, weddings and more. L’chaim!

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A Passover Adventure

Joey discovers an important lesson from the story of Passover

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The Talmud derives from this week’s Torah reading the basic halachic principle of chazaka – the presumption that what was before is now as well. The Talmud inferred this from the fact that the kohein/priest, when declaring a house to be impure because of plague or pure because the plague had not spread along its walls, did so only upon leaving the house and standing outside of its premises. How can the kohein/priest be certain that there was no change in the mark or size of the plague during the instant that he left the house – outside of its premises? From this, the Talmud infers the concept of chazaka – what was just before is now as well – which is binding in halachic…

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Pesach on a Budget: Ten Tips for a Low-Cost PesachEsther Simon and Rivka SlatkinEspecially in these difficult economic times, preparing for Pesach can cause many to feel stressed. But who says Pesach has to be costly? We spoke with two well-known home organizers and came up with some money-saving tips.

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Behind the Union Symbol: Spring 2014OU StaffCheck out the Spring 2014 edition of Behind the Union Symbol, now available for the general public.

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Reflections on a Road Not TakenRabbi Dr. Tzvi Hersh WeinrebWhat makes our age so distinct is that everyone today is a journalist, not only someone who works for a newspaper. The electronic media have allowed everyone access to the entire world. Every e-mail, every blog, every variety of social media can be used by anyone, with no qualification, no credential, no official position, and worst of all, no accountability, to say anything he or she wishes about anyone.

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How to PraiseBritain’s Former Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan SacksBy and large, we tend to resist change. We settle into patterns of behaviour until they become comfortable like a well-worn armchair or a comfortable pair of shoes. How do you create an atmosphere within a family that encourages change and makes it unthreatening? The answer Lena discovered was praise.

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Please Don’t Eat Your Words (video)Rabbi Yehoshua KohlParshat Metzorah expands on last week’s portion and presents the story of a person who spoke badly about someone else, and was hit with mysterious spots on their body, their clothes and even their house. Although this seems unlikely to us now, Rabbi Yehoshua Kohl, Regional Director of NY NCSY, explains the spiritual dimensions and how it can guide us to be better individuals today.

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Feeling KinshipRabbi Ari KahnWhen Noah awakens from his alcohol-induced slumber and realizes what his son has done, his response is strange. Rather than responding to the outrage or disciplining Ham, Noah makes a very harsh pronouncement regarding Ham’s son, Canaan. Apparently, this is not as much a curse as a statement of cause and effect: The son who showed no respect for his father will in turn know disrespect from his own son.

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Metzorah: The Art of SpeechRabbi Eliyahu SafranHow often our silence resonates more profoundly than our words.

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CHASSIDIC DIMENSION: Purification of the Metzora — A Lesson in Repentance (Metzora)

Nissan 3, 5774 · April 3, 2014
Metzora

Purification of the Metzora —
A Lesson in Repentance

The Torah portion Metzora begins by stating: “This shall be the law of the metzora : he shall be brought to the kohen, the priest.”1 The verse then goes on to say,2 “Thekohen shall go out of the camp” and inspect the metzora.

Since the metzora could not possibly come to the kohen , (for until he was declared free of tzora’as he was prohibited from entering the Jewish encampment), what are we to make of the verse “he shall be brought to the kohen ”?

Additionally, why does the Torah use the expression “he shall be brought to the kohen,” rather than “he shall come to the kohen ”? The former phrase seems to imply that the metzora a) is brought forcibly, or b) that his appearance before the kohen is inevitable.

The leprous-like affliction of tzora’as was a punishment for speaking Lashon Hora, slanderous and evil gossip. As part of the punishment, the metzora was to “sit alone; outside the camp.”3

The Gemara4 explains that since the metzora’s gossip caused a separation between one person and another, he is punished by being separated from others.

In a more spiritual sense, to cause separation and strife is to oppose holiness, one characteristic of which is unity. This was why the metzora was banished from even the lowest of Jewish encampments, for his actions were thoroughly unholy.

However, even a person who committed such a dastardly act will eventually atone,5 for “G-d devises means so that even he who is banished shall not be outcast forever.”6

The opening verse of our Torah portion thus assures us that even an individual afflicted with tzora’as will eventually “be brought to the kohen ” — he will repent and return to holiness.

And this is so even if the person has absolutely no desire to repent, for G-d desires his repentance. Therefore, willingly or unwillingly, he will surely “be brought to the kohen.”

G-d, however, doesn’t want anyone’s repentance to be forced upon him from Above; every sinner should desire to repent. This is why, after the verse says “he shall be brought to the kohen ,” it goes on to add that “the kohen shall go out of the camp”:

The first step in achieving repentance for one who has no desire to repent comes about because of a desire from Above. As such, it does not permeate the sinner.

The verse indicates this first step by saying: “he shall be brought to the kohen ,” meaning that the person is transported from his own status and is forcibly brought to a situation that he would not have chosen on his own — repentance is foisted upon him from Above.

Thereafter comes the second stage, wherein “the kohen shall go out of the camp.” This means to say that the urge to repentance must be framed in the mindset in which the metzora finds himself, so that repentance is done willingly.

Moreover, when the purification of the metzora, i.e., the act of repentance, comes about in the same place in which the metzora finds himself — outside the pale of holiness — then the sinner’s very iniquities are transformed into merits.

This causes a person to rise to such an exalted level that he can attain a degree of holiness which is impossible for those righteous individuals who have never been banished “outside the camp.”7

Based on Likkutei Sichos Volume VII, pp. 100-103.

FOOTNOTES
1. Vayikra 14:2.
2. Ibid. verse 3.
3. Ibid. 13:46.
4. Erachin 16b.
5. See Hilchos Talmud Torah, l’Rabbeinu HaZakein, 4:3; conclusion of ch. 39 ofTanya.
6. II Shmuel 14:14.
7. See Rambam, Hilchos Teshuvah 7:4.

GARDEN OF TORAH: Mashiach’s Name (Metzora)

Nissan 3, 5774 · April 3, 2014
Mashiach’s Name
Metzora; Leviticus 14:1-15:33

Adapted from
Likkutei Sichos, Vol. VII, p. 100ff;
Vol. XXII, p. 77ff; Parshas Tazria, 5751;
Sefer HaSichos 5751, p. 491ff

Consummate Perfection and Superficial Flaws

Our Sages ask:1 “What is Mashiach’s name?” and reply “The leper of the House of Rebbi.”2 This is very difficult to understand. Mashiach will initiate the Redemption, and is associated with the pinnacle of life and vitality. How can his name be linked with leprosy (tzaraas), which is identified with death3 and exile?4

This difficulty can be resolved based on the statements of Likkutei Torah, which explain that a person affected by tzaraas will be:

A man of great stature, of consummate perfection….5 Although such a person’s conduct is desirable, and he has corrected everything,… it is still possible that on the flesh of his skin there will be lower levels on which evil has not been refined. This will result in physical signs on his flesh, in a way which transcends the natural order….6

Since the filth on the periphery of his garments has not been refined, therefore [blemishes] appear on his skin…. Moreover, these blemishes reflect very high levels, as indicated by the fact that they are not considered impure until they have been designated as such by a priest.

The passage implies that there are sublime spiritual influences which, because of the lack of appropriate vessels (as evidenced by the “filth on the periphery”), can produce negative effects. For when powerful energy is released without being harnessed, it can cause injury. This is the reason for the tzaraas with which Mashiach is afflicted.

Mashiach’s Burden

The Jewish people as a whole are compared to a human body. This applies within every generation, and also to the entire nation throughout history.7 All Jews those of the past, present, and future are part of a single organic whole.

Since good is eternal, while evil is only temporary,8 our people’s spiritual level has been constantly advancing. A vast reservoir of good has been filling up over the centuries. The Jewish people as they exist in ikvesa diMeshicha, the age whenMashiach’s approaching footsteps can be heard, have attained the level of perfection mentioned in Likkutei Torah.

Nevertheless, there are still blotches of evil “on the periphery,” for the world is still scarred by injustice and strife. And thus the light of redemption cannot yet become manifest; this is reflected in the leprous blemishes which are visited on Mashiachhimself. For as the prophet states:9 “He has borne our sicknesses and endured our pain… with blemishes, smitten of G-d, and afflicted.” Mashiach endures suffering, not for his own sake, but for the Jewish people as a whole.

Positive Import

There is still a difficulty. Although the above passage explains why Mashiach must endure suffering, it does not show why that suffering is identified with Mashiach. Mashiach’s name who he is should be positive.

This difficulty can also be resolved on the basis of the passage from Likkutei Torahcited previously. For that passage explains that leprous blemishes reflect “very high levels,” their source being transcendent spiritual light10 that are associated withMashiach. Nevertheless, for this light to be expressed in a positive manner, suitable vessels are required.

Mashiach’s suffering will bring about a final refinement in the world at large, making it a fit vessel for the revelation of its transcendent potential. Since this revelation lies at the heart of the Era of the Redemption, the catalyst necessary to bring it about is therefore associated with Mashiach’s name.

The Name of the Torah Reading

The above concepts also clarify a difficulty with regard to the name of our Torah reading, Parshas Metzora. Metzora means “leper.” One might think that the name of a reading in the holy Torah would be associated with a word of more positive import. This question is reinforced by the fact that in the works of the early Rabbinic sages, Rav Saadia Gaon,11 Rashi,12 and the Rambam,13 a different name was employed for this reading. All of these authorities refer to the reading by the name Zos Tihiyeh(“This shall be”). It is only in the later generations that the name Metzora became prevalent.

The explanation is that in these later generations, cracks have appeared in the wall of exile, and through them the light of Mashiach shines. In the light of MashiachMetzorais not a negative factor but, as explained above, an expression of transcendent G-dliness.

Through the Medium of Study

The Torah reading begins with a description of the purification process to be undergone by a person afflicted with tzaraas, saying “These are the laws of themetzora.” By focusing on Toras hametzora (the laws of the metzora), not taharas hametzora, “the purification of the metzora,” an allusion is made to a fundamental concept.

Torah study develops human vessels that allow light all light, even the most sublime to be accepted by and internalized in our world. Through Torah study, the transcendent influence of tzaraas can be channeled into a positive force.

Similarly, with regard to Mashiach: studying the teachings about Mashiach precipitate his revelation, drawing his influence into our world.

With New Life

Often, Parshas Metzora is read in connection with Parshas Tazria, which is associated with the sowing of seeds and the conception of life.14 This implies that the seeds of our Divine service will not wait endlessly in the dark ground of exile, but that Metzora, the Redemption, will blossom immediately after the last seeds have been sown.

Conversely, the fusion of the two readings implies that Metzora, the Redemption, has already been conceived; we are only waiting for the birth. For the suffering whichMashiach endures is the final step before his revelation. May it take place in the immediate future.

FOOTNOTES
1. Sanhedrin 98b.
2. See also Rashi, Sanhedrin 98a, who states that Mashiach will be afflicted bytzaraas and will sit among others who share this affliction. See the comments of the Maharal in his Chiddushei Aggados (Sanhedrin, loc. cit.:a,b), which state that just as a leper must be separate from all other people, so too, a king and how much more so Mashiach is distinguished from others.
3. Nedarim 64b. See the commentary of the Maharsha in his Chiddushei Aggados.
4. Vayikra Rabbah, the conclusion of ch. 15.
5. See Zohar, Vol. III, p. 48a.
6. See the Mishneh Torah, conclusion of Hilchos Tzaraas, where the Rambamstates that tzaraas is not a physical disease, but a Divine sign above the natural order.
7. See Tanya, ch. 2, Iggeres HaKodesh 7, based on Zohar, Vol. II, p. 141b and other sources.
8. See Tanya, ch. 25.
9. Isaiah 53:4.
10. This is reflected in the fact that the Hebrew word for leprous blemish, נגע, has the same letters as the Hebrew word ענג, meaning “pleasure” (Zohar, Vol. I, p. 26b). As explained by the Kabbalah (see Tanya, Shaar HaYichud VehaEmunah, ch. 1), the letters which make up a word reflect its inner life-force. The inner life-force ofנגע is the expression of Divine pleasure. See also Sefer HaYetzirah 2:4.
11. In his Siddur, with regard to the laws of the reading of the Torah.
12. In his commentary to Leviticus 13:8.
13. In his Seder Tefillos at the conclusion of Sefer HaAhavah.
14. Note the previous essay, entitled “Conceiving New Life.”

ONCE UPON A CHASID: Strength in Numbers (Metzora)

Nissan 3, 5774 · April 3, 2014
Strength In Numbers

This is the law of one afflicted with leprosy… he shall be brought to the Kohen… (14:2)

Even if the leper is himself a Kohen, he must go and consult with another Kohen. For “a man can see all afflictions except for his own.”

– The Talmud, Nega’im 2:5

When Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch was sixteen years old, his father entrusted him with the task of serving as a mashpia (a spiritual guide and mentor) to the young men in the chabad community.

Rabbi DovBer strongly encouraged his pupils to gather together in informal farbrengens to inspire, rebuke, and consult with one another in matters concerning the refinement of their character and their service of G-d. “Look at it this way,” said Rabbi DovBer, “when two Jews get together and one tells the other what ails his heart, or if one notices a negative trait in his fellow and discusses it with him, the result is two G-dly souls taking on a single animal soul.”

Every Jew possesses both an animal and G-dly souls. The ‘animal soul’ is driven by the self-centered aspirations of physical life, and the ‘G-dly soul’, by the selfless quest to serve the Almighty. But the animal soul, which is utterly self-oriented, has no interest in the triumph of her fellow animal soul; not so the G-dly soul, who’s only desire is that the will of her Creator be fulfilled. So when a person grapples alone with his spiritual ills, what we have is a one-on-one struggle of his two selves; but when two Jews get together, the animal soul of each is overwhelmed by a double onslaught of the Divine essence of man.

Even if the leper is himself a Kohen, he must go and consult with another Kohen. For “a man can see all afflictions except for his own.”

– The Talmud, Nega’im 2:5

Strength In Numbers

When Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch was sixteen years old, his father entrusted him with the task of serving as a mashpia (a spiritual guide and mentor) to the young men in the chabad community.

Rabbi DovBer strongly encouraged his pupils to gather together in informal farbrengens to inspire, rebuke, and consult with one another in matters concerning the refinement of their character and their service of G-d. “Look at it this way,” said Rabbi DovBer, “when two Jews get together and one tells the other what ails his heart, or if one notices a negative trait in his fellow and discusses it with him, the result is two G-dly souls taking on a single animal soul.”

Every Jew possesses both an animal and G-dly souls. The ‘animal soul’ is driven by the self-centered aspirations of physical life, and the ‘G-dly soul’, by the selfless quest to serve the Almighty. But the animal soul, which is utterly self-oriented, has no interest in the triumph of her fellow animal soul; not so the G-dly soul, who’s only desire is that the will of her Creator be fulfilled. So when a person grapples alone with his spiritual ills, what we have is a one-on-one struggle of his two selves; but when two Jews get together, the animal soul of each is overwhelmed by a double onslaught of the Divine essence of man.

FOR FRIDAY NIGHT: Adjusting to Holiness (Metzora)

Nissan 3, 5774 · April 3, 2014
Adjusting to Holiness

Freedom from a mysterious illness is the opening topic of this week’s Torah reading.1A person who suffers from this condition is called a metzora. This is often translated as “leper,” but in fact the metzora is not the leper of modern Africa, nor of Europe in the Middle Ages. Rather he suffers from a condition which has a spiritual origin, relating to the special task of the Jew and to his or her special relationship with G‑d.

One of the explanations given for this illness is that it is the result of speaking badly about other people—lashon hara.2 However another explanation, found in the Kabbala and Chassidic teaching, is rather different. The condition of being a metzora is the product of an imbalance. In this it is similar to the mild physical problems such as acne which might be caused, for example, by a hormone imbalance. This could be as a result of the natural process of maturation, such as during adolescence. In the case of the metzora the imbalance is spiritual in nature.

The condition of being a metzora is the product of an imbalanceIn the physical condition of adolescent acne, the extra hormone which has caused the problem is actually something good. In time the body’s system will adjust to it, balance will be restored and the problem will disappear.

The spiritual condition of the metzora is similar. The person is actually being confronted with an intense burst of holiness. This is really a good thing. The problem is that the person is not yet able to absorb this holiness properly into his system. As a result he shows symptoms of the spiritual illness which renders him a metzora.

Hopefully he will gradually adjust to the increased holiness and regain his spiritual balance. He achieves this through the process described in this week’s Torah reading. This involves being seen by the kohen (priest), who spiritually helps the person absorb this intense holiness. There might also be a time of seclusion, as described in the haftorah, which tells of four metzora sufferers who were staying outside the city of Samaria and who helped end the famine caused by a siege.3 Finally the person regains his or her spiritual balance and returns to their normal activities.

In Temple times this was part of the pattern of Jewish life, precisely because of the great intensity of spiritual awareness while the Temple stood in Jerusalem. After it was destroyed, our senses became more dulled. Although each individual has a close personal relationship with G‑d, and is given a tremendous task to achieve in order to reveal the Divine in the world, people no longer become a metzora. If we get white patches on our skin we go to a doctor, not to a kohen.

Despite this, at the heart of the Jewish people the concept of the metzora still exists. In a striking passage, the Talmud describes the Messiah as being a metzora.4 How can this be? Because the coming of the Messiah represents the fulfilment of the process of climbing to higher spiritual levels and the absorption of intense holiness. Using our earlier image, the “adolescent” Jewish people will suddenly mature, with smooth and healthy skin.

There will be no more wars between nations, and each person will become focused on awareness of the Divine and observance of G‑d’s law: for the Jew, the 613 Mitzvot, and for all humanity, the Seven Noahide Laws. We will adjust to and advance in the intensity of holiness, reaching the goal that “the world will be filled with knowledge of G‑d as the waters cover the seabed.”5

FOOTNOTES
1. Leviticus chs. 14-15.
2. This relates to the account of Miriam becoming leprous after she criticised her brother Moses (Numbers 12:1-16).
3. II Kings 7:3-20.
4. Sanhedrin 98b: “What is the name of the Messiah? … The Sages say, ‘the leper of the House of Rabbi Judah the Prince'” (see Rashi).
5. Isaiah 11:9. See Rabbi Shneur Zalman of Liadi’s Likkutei Torah, Metzora, 25a and the Lubavitcher Rebbe’s Likkutei Sichot Tazria, 5751.

TORAH STUDIES: Parshat Metzora

Metzora
Nissan 2, 5774 · April 2, 2014

 

Metzora begins with the laws concerning the purification of the leper. The Rebbe begins with the question, why should we call this Sidra Metzora, “the leper,” a name with unpleasant connotations? Especially when an earlier generation of Rabbis called it, neutrally, Zot Tihyeh (“This shall be…” the law of the leper).

To understand the significance of leprosy as discussed in the Sicha, we must remember that it is considered, by the Torah and the Rabbis, not only as a disease but as a punishment specifically for the sin of slander. It was the punishment that Miriam was given for the tale-bearing against Moses (Bamidbar, ch. 12). A leper was isolated from the rest of the people once his illness had been diagnosed, and made to live outside the camp. Since the disease had a spiritual as well as a physical dimension, this was not simply a hygienic precaution, but had a moral purpose. Likewise his purification was a recovery of spiritual as well as physical health. It is the spiritual dimension of this cleansing procedure that the Rebbe analyzes.

1. Two Names

The Sidra Metzora has not always been so-called. Earlier Rabbis, like Rabbi Saadia Gaon,1 Rashi2 and Rambam,3 called it by the preceding words of the verse, Zot Tihyeh (“This shall be”). Only in more recent generations has it become the custom to call it Metzora.4

But Metzora means “the leper”: A name with unpleasant associations. Indeed, to avoid this, it is referred to in many places as Tahara, “Purification.”5 Why then is it called by this seemingly inappropriate name, especially when there existed beforehand a name for the Sidra with none of these associations?

2. “He Shall Be Brought”

Before we can solve the problem, we must notice two further difficulties in its opening passage, “This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the priest. And the priest shall go forth out of the camp….”

Firstly there seems to be a contradiction here. On the one hand, the leper is to be “brought to the priest.” On the other, the priest is to “go forth out of the camp” and come to him. Who is to go to whom? In fact, it is the priest who comes to the leper, for the leper was not allowed to come within the three camps. What then is the meaning of, “he shall be brought to the priest?”

Secondly, why was the leper to be “brought?” Why does the Torah not say “he shall come?” The use of the passive verb “brought” suggests that his meeting with the priest was against his will.

In answering the first question, the commentators6 explain that although the leper was indeed to stay outside the camp, he was to be brought to the edge of it, so as to avoid burdening the priest with a long journey. But this explanation is not easy to understand. Although the leper was, because of his affliction, commanded to remain outside the camp, there was no obligation on him to go far away from it. He could stay near its boundaries. And since the instruction about the cleansing procedure was directed to all lepers, including those who were situated near to the camp, the explanation of the commentators does not remove our puzzlement.

3. Repentance: The First Stage

To arrive at an inward understanding of the question, we must consider what Rashi says on the phrase,7 “All the days wherein the plague is in him… he shall dwell alone.” Rashi comments, “(Even) people who are unclean (for reasons other than leprosy) shall not abide with him… because he, by slanderous statements, parted man and wife, or a man from his friend, (therefore) he must be parted (from everybody).” We can say, then, that he is excluded from the three camps because of his association with strife and dissension. His slander causes men to be distant from one another, whereas the idea of holiness is unity.8He has no place, therefore, in the holy congregation. But what is more, he is to be separated even from the other categories of unclean people, because, as Rambam says,9 his slander is progressive. At first it is turned against ordinary people, then against the righteous, then against the prophets, and finally against G-d himself, and he ends by denying the fundamentals of faith. This is worse even than idolatry, for the idolater does not deny G-d, he merely denies His uniqueness.

Nonetheless as the Alter Rebbe wrote as a point of Halachic law10 as well as an inward Chassidic truth,11 “It is certain (that every Jew) will in the end return in repentance.”

This explains the phrase “he shall be brought to the priest.” The form of the verb carries with it an assurance for the future that even he who stands outside the three camps, who is isolated by his sin, will in the end turn to the “priest” in repentance. And this was the man whose very nature was to resist this return to oppose holiness, and join forces with the heathen world “outside the camp.” This is why he “shall be brought”—in the passive—for his return is contrary to his will.12

4. The Second Stage

The initiating cause in the awakening of the desire to return is not to be found in the man himself, but in the promise of G-d that even if it requires “a mighty hand… I will rule over you.’’13

But if at first the impetus to return breaks in on him from the outside, it is the Divine will that ultimately it should became part of his deepest nature. Thus there is the further assurance that not only will he repent, but he will experience repentance as the truest expression of his own personality in all its facets: Will, intellect and feeling.

In the light of this we can see why, after the Torah stated that the leper “shall be brought to the priest,” it continues, “And the priest shall go forth out of the camp.”

The first stage of repentance, of “cleansing,” is the sudden revelation of G-d coming in, as it were, from the outside. Because it has not yet become part of his own personality, this revelation is unrelated to the personal situation of the man. He is “brought” out of himself and his environment. But afterwards the priest comes to him: That is, his situation becomes important again, as he strives to translate his revelation into a cleansing of the whole circumstances of his life. And since the “cleansing” extends even to his environment, he achieves something that even the perfectly righteous could not: He sanctifies what lies “outside the camp,” where the righteous man has never been. Thus we say that repentance done from great love turns even willful sins into merits:14 it sanctifies even what lies outside the will of G-d.

5. The Earlier Generations and the Present

Now, finally, we can see why an earlier age called this week’s Sidra Zot Tihyeh,“This shall be…” rather than, as we now call it, Metzora,“the law of the leper.”

Only in the Time to Come will we witness the ultimate transformation of darkness into light, of evil into goodness.

Thus the earlier generations, when this Time was as yet distant, they sensed more readily the idea that evil is conquered by something outside itself than that it should transform itself from within. They belonged to the stage where the leper is “brought,” against his will, to be cleansed, rather than to the second stage where the cleansing comes from within his own situation “outside the camp.” So they did not call the Sidra, “the leper,” because in their eyes he was not cleansed as himself but rather despite himself. Nonetheless, they knew the promise of the Future, and thus they called the Sidra “This shall be.” In other words, the “law of the leper”—the time when the leper of his own accord becomes part of G-d’s law—was something that would be, in the World to Come.

But we, standing already in the shadow cast by the approaching Messianic Age, can make of “the leper” a name for a section of the Torah. We can already sense the time of the revelation of the good within the bad, the righteousness within those who stand “outside the camp.” The light is breaking through the wall that separates us from the Time to Come: The light of the age when “night will shine as day.”15

(Source: Likkutei Sichot, Vol. VII pp. 100-104)

FOOTNOTES
1. Siddur Rabbi Saadiah Gaon—Keriat Hatorah.
2. Vayikra 13:8.
3. Seder Tefillot of Rambam.
4. Tur and Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim, ch. 428.
5. Cf. Likkutei Sichot, Vol. I, p. 239.
6. Sforno, Chezkuni, on Metzora.
7. Vayikra 13:46.
8. Cf. Tanya, Part I, ch. 32.
9. End of Hilchot Tum’at Tzaraat.
10. Hilchot Talmud Torah, 4:3.
11. Tanya, Part I, end of ch. 39.
12. Cf. Ezekiel 20:32-33.
13. Ibid., v. 33.
14. Cf. Rambam, Hilchot Teshuvah, 7:4.
15. Psalms 139:12. Cf. Maamar Bati Leganni, 5710, ch. 5.

PARSHAH IN A NUTSHELL: Metzora

Metzora
Nissan 2, 5774 · April 2, 2014
Leviticus 14:1-15:33

 

Last week’s Parshah described the signs of themetzora (“leper“) — a person afflicted by a spiritual malady which places him or her in a state of ritual impurity. This week’s Torah reading begins by detailing how the recovered metzora is purified by the Kohen (priest) with a special procedure involving two birdsspring water in an earthen vessel, a piece of cedar wood, a scarlet threadand a bundle of hyssop.

home can also be afflicted with “leprosy” by the appearance of dark red or green patches on itswalls. In a process lasting as long a nineteen days, a Kohen determines if the house can be purified or it must be demolished.

Ritual impurity is also engendered through a seminal or other discharge in a man, and menstruation or other discharge of blood in a woman, necessitating purification through immersion in a mikvah.

WEEKLY ALIYOT: Parshat Metzora

Metzora Aliya Summary
Nissan 2, 5774 · April 2, 2014

 

General Overview: This week’s reading, Metzora, discusses the purification process for one who contracts “tzara’at” (skin maladies which are contracted as a result of engaging in forbidden gossip), and the symptoms and laws of “house tzara’at,” indicated by certain brick discolorations. Following is a discussion of various ritual impurities, including the laws of the menstruating woman.


First Aliyah: The Torah reading begins with a description of the purification procedure for a person who contracted tzara’at. After the priest determines that the tzara’at has been healed, a ceremony involving two birds, a cedar plank, a scarlet thread and water from a live stream, is used for the initial stage of the purification. The individual also shaves his entire body. After a seven day wait, the person shaves again, and brings three animals and an oil offering to the Temple.


Second Aliyah: The priest processes the offerings in the manner prescribed in this section. With this the purification process is completed.


Third Aliyah: If the individual suffering from tzara’at cannot afford the above sacrifices, two birds can be substituted for two of the animals. This section describes the slightly different purification process reserved for the impoverished person.


Fourth Aliyah: Homes, too, can be afflicted with tzara’at. If bricks on a home become discolored — acquiring a strong red or green pigment — a priest is summoned. If indeed the discoloration seems to be tzara’at, the priest quarantines the home for up to three weeks. Depending on the spread of the discoloration, the home is either declared to be pure, or the specific bricks are removed from the house, or, in the most extreme situations, the house is demolished. The Torah then describes the purification process for such a home — which is very similar to the initial stage of the purification of the human afflicted with tzara’at (described in the First Aliyah).


Fifth Aliyah: After concluding the subject of tzara’at, the Torah discusses the ritual impurity of a man who issues a sickly and unnatural seminal discharge, as well as the method by which this person attains purity when the condition passes.


Sixth Aliyah: This section discusses the ritual impurity contracted by a man who issues a (normal) seminal discharge, the ritual impurity of a menstruating woman, and of a man who cohabits with her. All such people must immerse in a mikvah (ritual pool) in order to be purified.


Seventh Aliyah: Under certain circumstances a menstruating woman was required to bring to the Temple two bird offerings in order to attain purity. These sacrifices are described in this section.

 

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CHASSIDIC DIMENSION: The Purpose of Punishment (Tazria)

Tazria
Adar II 25, 5774 · March 27, 2014

 

The Purpose of Punishment

The titles given to Torah portions do more than distinguish one from another; they reflect the theme and overall content of each.1

What possible connection is there then between the title of Tazria (“Conceive”) and the contents of this portion, which deal mainly with the leprous-like affliction of tzora’as — unknown nowadays — that resulted from evil gossip, Lashon HaRah.

Not only does the title Tazria seem to have no connection with tzora’as , they are seemingly antithetical:

Tazria, “Conceive,” refers to birth and new life, as the verse states:2 “When a woman conceives and gives birth…,” while tzora’as indicates the very opposite, as our Sages state:3 “One afflicted with tzora’as is considered as if dead.”

The concept of Reward and Punishment is one of the foundations of Jewish faith. TheRambam states it thusly:4 “The eleventh fundament is that G-d rewards those who obey the Torah’s commandments and punishes those who transgress them….”

Since the Torah is replete with verses that indicate that G-d is compassionate and merciful, it follows that His punishments are not for the sake of revenge5 — Heaven forbid — but are for the sinners benefit.6

However, it is not patently obvious that most of the Torah’s punishments benefit the individual during his lifetime. This was not the case regarding tzora’as ; it was clearly revealed that this benefited the person:

The Rambam writes:7 “This alteration [of tzora’as] that affects clothing and dwellings…. was not a natural phenomenon. Rather, it was a sign and a wonder that affected the Jewish people in order to keep them from speaking Lashon HaRah. For he who speaks Lashon HaRah will have the beams of his house altered [by tzora’as].

“If he repents, then the house becomes undefiled… If he does not… ultimately the person himself will become afflicted with tzora’as , and will have to be separated from others until he ceases occupying himself with evil speech, scoffing and Lashon HaRah.”

Thus, G-d reordered nature to keep individuals from engaging in Lashon HaRah.Tzora’as would first afflict a person’s home, then his clothing, and finally his person, in order to tell the sinner, gently at first and then more severely, to stop indulging inLashon HaRah.

Even the punishment of the person himself, which required that he “sit alone; outside the camp shall be his dwelling,”8 was for the purpose of seeing to it that he “cease occupying himself in evil speech, scoffing and Lashon HaRah.”

The reason why this portion is titled Tazria will be understood accordingly: Tazria , “Conceive,” is the beginning of life. The tzora’as itself, as well as the person’s dwelling alone, are not so much meant as a punishment, but as a means of rectification and healing, enabling one to begin a new lifestyle free of Lashon HaRah.

All aspects of Torah serve as a lesson. Tzora’as , then, was clearly for the benefit of the individual. The same is true of all punishments in the Torah; they are all for the rectification of the sinner, that he return to the proper path in life.

And why is this lesson specifically gleaned from tzora’as ? Because the suffering oftzora’as — being considered as if dead and compelled to exist in absolute solitude — is one of the most severe in the Torah.

If in this instance we can clearly see the benefit — being reborn anew, Tazria — then surely this is so with other punishments: they are all part of a sinner’s spiritual rehabilitation, thus helping make a new beginning possible.

Based on Likkutei Sichos , Vol. XXII, pp. 70-73.

FOOTNOTES
1. See previous essay. See also sources cited in Likkutei Sichos XXI , p. 250 fns. 1-2.
2. Vayikra 12:1.
3. Nedarim 64b.
4. Commentary to the Mishnah , Introduction to Chapter Cheilek.
5. See Berachos 5a.
6. See Kuzari II-45; Ikrim IIII-38.
7. Conclusion of Hilchos Tumas Tzora’as , and similarly in his Commentary on theMishnah , Nega’im 12:5; Moreh Nevuchim III-47.
8. Vayikra 13:46.

PARSHAH PICKS: What’s Wrong with Gossip That’s True? (Tazria)

Adar II 26, 5774 · March 28, 2014
General Overview:

 

The bulk of this week’s portion, Tazria, discusses various forms of tzara’at, skin maladies which are contracted as a result of engaging in forbidden gossip. Also discussed are certain garment discolorations which constitute “clothing tzara’at.”

 

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By Rochel Holzkenner
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Leviticus 12:1–13:59

Post-childbirth ritual purification, and tzaraat (“leprosy”), a spiritual affliction.

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Letters and Numbers of Torah – Tazria

In the verse Leviticus 13:33, the word “v’hitgalach” meaning “he shall shave” has a large-sized letter gimmel. The letter gimmel is numerically equivalent to the number 3. What is the connection between the number three, Biblical leprosy, removing hair, and the time of the Omer count?

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GARDEN OF TORAH: Conceiving New Life (Tazria)

Adar II 25, 5774 · March 27, 2014
Conceiving New Life
Tazria; Leviticus 12:1-13:59

Adapted from
Likkutei Sichos, Vol. I, p. 236ff; Vol. VII, p. 78-79;
Vol. XII, p. 70ff; Vol. XXII, p. 70ff;
Sefer HaSichos 5749, p. 379ff;
Sefer HaSichos 5751, p. 490ff

The Deepest Intimacy

One of the analogies used to describe the relationship between G-d and the Jewish people is the love between a man and a woman.1 On the human level, this relationship is multidimensional, including the deepest levels of intimacy. Similarly, the love between the Jews and G-d is a complex, dynamic union. “The Holy One, Blessed be He, and Israel are one”2 joined in an ardent bond. Indeed, the prophet3uses the simile, “Your Maker is your mate.”

On the mortal plane, physical intimacy is more than a connection between man and woman; new life is conceived.4 Similarly with regard to the bond between G-d and the Jewish people, the relationship propagates vitality.

Planting Seeds

The opening verse of our Torah reading alludes to this concept, stating: “When a woman conceives and gives birth.” The “woman” refers to the Jewish people, who bring new life into the world.

More particularly, tazria, the term translated as “conceives” means “gives seed.” This term also is of metaphoric significance. For after a seed is planted in the earth, its shell must decompose. Only then will the growth potential of the earth be expressed.

This motif applies to our people as a whole, and to every individual. Our lives center around material concerns. Even with regard to our Divine service, it is the actual observance of the mitzvos, not the feelings they arouse, which is of primary importance. Yes, “G-d desires the heart.”5 But if one meditates on the Shema all morning with love and fear, yet doesn’t actually recite the words, or if one is inspired with heartfelt compassion for a poor person, but fails to actually give him charity, one’s Divine service would be inadequate. For “deed is what is most essential.”6

And thus mitzvos are referred to as “seeds,” as it is written:7 “Sow for yourselves for charity.”8 For every mitzvah is an infusion of Divine energy into our material world, which when cultivated will blossom and bear fruit.

The ultimate fruit will be the Redemption, the era when the G-dliness invested in the world by the Divine service of the Jewish people over thousands of years will flourish.9This will remake the nature of existence, allowing us to appreciate the Divine core of all being. Since the world itself will then become conscious of its G-dly nature, this redemption will never be followed by exile. For G-dliness will never again be concealed.

The Wonder of Conception

Our Sages10 interpret the expression “When a woman conceives” as implying that it is she who initiates the intensification of the relationship. Similarly, in the analog, the implication is that man does not merely respond to G-d. Instead, he taps the core of his being and summons up the energy needed to heighten his connection with Him.

On this basis, we can understand why the verse highlights the importance of conception rather than birth. Although new life is brought into the world at birth, the fetus already exists; conception is the closest example in our lives to the creation of something from nothing.11

Chassidic thought12 explains that the potential to create something from nothing lies with G-d alone. Since He is not, Heaven forbid, dependent on any other cause, it is within His ability to create something material existence out of absolute naught.

G-d has imparted His essence to man, and thus the core of every soul is “an actual part of G-d.”13 As such, man also has the power of creation, but in reverse. He lives in this material world, and makes “nothing from something,” revealing the G-dly potential that exists within himself and his ephemeral environment. This is the power of conception possessed by “the woman,” mankind. Through the expression of this potential, we become G-d’s “partner in creation,”14 fashioning the world into a dwelling for Him.15

Life and Death

The name Tazria, which underscores the theme of conception, is connected not only to the opening passages, but to the reading in its entirety. This appears to present a difficulty, for although the first passages speak about birth, the main body of the reading concerns itself with tzaraas, a bodily affliction resembling leprosy.

Tzaraas is the very opposite of new life. Indeed, our Sages state16 that a person afflicted with tzaraas is considered dead. What place does such a subject have in a Torah reading associated with new life?

This difficulty can be resolved on the basis of two concepts: Firstly, tzaraas is not merely a physical malady, it is, to quote the Rambam:17 “beyond the natural pattern of the world… a Divine sign and a wonder18 for the Jewish people to warn them against speaking Lashon Hora [gossip and slander].”

Secondly, the punishments prescribed by the Torah are not for the sake of retribution, but rather to absolve a person’s sin and enable him to correct his faults.19 Tzaraasclearly expresses this principle. Because a person creates strife and friction between others, he becomes afflicted with tzaraas, and as a result is required to remain alone.20 Only when he has removed the influence of friction from himself it is possible for his body to be purified and for him to rejoin society.

Thus tzaraas is a Divine instrument intended to prod an individual towards personal refinement and encourage the spread of peace and love. As such, it is an extension of the theme of Tazria, focusing on our efforts to bring something new and pure into ourselves and our environment.

Tzaraas is employed as an analogy21 to describe the status of our people in the present age, for we are in exile “alone, with [our] dwelling outside the camp.”22 Yet our Divine service centers on Tazria, sowing seeds of G-dly influence through our observance of the mitzvos. And we will reap the harvests of these efforts with the coming of Mashiach; may this be in the immediate future.

FOOTNOTES
1. See the commentaries to the Song of Songs.
2. Zohar, Vol. III, 73a.
3. Isaiah 54:5. Note the connection between this verse and the opening of our Torah reading in the commentary of the Or HaChayim.
4. See the commentary of the Or HaChayim mentioned previously, which states that all marital relations create new souls. If a couple are found worthy, the creation of a soul is also associated with the conception of new life in the material realm.
5. Cf. Sanhedrin 106b. Note Rashi’s commentary. See also the association of this phrase with the teachings of the Baal Shem Tov.
6. Cf. Avos 1:17.
7. Hoshea 10:12. Note the reference to this verse in the commentary of the Or HaChayim cited previously.
8. Here too, there is a connection with the analogy of birth for our Sages say (Rashi, beginning of Parshas Noach): “The progeny of the righteous are good deeds.”
9. See also the commentary of the Or HaChayim mentioned previously.
10. Niddah 31a, cited in the commentary of the Or HaChayim mentioned previously.
11. See the series of maamarim entitled Sameach Tisamach, 5657.
12. See Tanya, Iggeres HaKodesh, Epistle 20.
13. Tanya, ch. 2.
14. Shabbos 119b.
15. Cf. Midrash Tanchuma, Parshas Behaalos’cha, sec. 3.
16. Nedarim 64b. See the commentary of the Maharsha in his Chiddushei Aggados.
17. Mishneh Torah, the conclusion of Hilchos Tzaraas.
18. Therefore, in the present age, when the spiritual level of the Jewish people has descended, they are not fit for such Divine wonders to be openly revealed in their flesh. Hence, the phenomenon of tzaraas is no longer pres ent (Likkutei Torah, Vayikra 22b).
19. See Berachos 5a. Note also Kuzari, Discourse II, ch. 44.
20. Erchin 16b, Rashi, commenting on Leviticus 13:46.
21. Vayikra Rabbah, the conclusion of sec. 17.
22. Leviticus 13:46.

ONCE UPON A CHASID: Wrong Address (Tazria)

Adar II 25, 5774 · March 27, 2014
Wrong Address

 

And if she has not the means for a lamb, then she should bring two turtle-doves or two young pigeons (12:8)

When I come to stand before the heavenly court, I do not fear the question: “Why weren’t you Moses?” I was not equipped to be Moses. But I tremble for the day that it will be demanded of me: “Why weren’t you Zushe?”

– Rabbi Zushe of Anipol

Rebbetzin Devorah Leah, daughter of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch, told:

In the city of Vitebsk lived two tea merchants, both named Hosheia, known as ‘Big Hoisha’ and ‘Little Hoisha’. ‘Big Hoisha’ was a wealthy man, with a large, respectable establishment and a well-developed distribution network. ‘Little Hoisha’ was a small-time operator, running his business from hand to mouth, forever scrambling for loans to keep it afloat.

One day a message arrived that one of Little Hoisha’s tea shipments had been confiscated at the border by customs officials. For the poor man, this spelled utter ruin. Not only would he loose everything, he would be left with crushing debts which he would never be able to repay.

“I was there” Devorah Leah related “when they broke the news to Reb Hoisha, who was in Lubavitch at the time. The unfortunate man collapsed in a dead faint; time and again they revived him, but as soon as he remembered what had occurred, he would collapsed once more.

“We ran to my father and told him of Reb Hoisha’s state. Father instructed that when Reb Hoisha is again revived, we should tell him that the messenger is mistaken. Shortly thereafter, the matter was indeed clarified. It turned out that the confiscated shipment belonged to the other Hoisha the tea merchant, ‘Big Hoisha’, who would hardly feel the loss.

“Now father always maintained that he never performed supernatural wonders.1Now, the chassidim who had witnessed the incident claimed that they had caught him red-handed with a supernatural feat. “You are mistaken,” replied father to this ‘accusation’, “there is nothing miraculous about my prediction. You see, our sages tell us that whenever the Almighty causes a person to undergo a challenge or trial in his life, He always provides him with the capacity and fortitude to bear it and to learn from the experience. So when I saw a calamity which Reb Hoisha was not equipped to deal with, I understood that it was not meant for him. Obviously, there must have been some misunderstanding…”

FOOTNOTES
1. See How Was I To Know? on page —-

FOR FRIDAY NIGHT: Birth and Rebirth (Tazria)

Birth and Rebirth
Adar II 25, 5774 · March 27, 2014

 

Birth and rebirth are the themes of this Shabbat. This is both because of the content of the Torah reading and because of the time of the year on the Jewish calendar.

The parshah opens with the laws concerning a woman who conceives and bears a child. The ceremonies surrounding the great event and the idea of the brit milah, the Covenant of Circumcision, which brings a Jewish infant boy into his special bond with G-d, are explained. The sages tell us that a girl is considered to have been born circumcised. Thus every Jew enters the world with a special Divine bond and responsibility.

The joy of birth is expressed by the fact that in Temple times, the happy mother would bring an offering to the Temple as thanksgiving to G-d, as described in theparshah.

 

The experience of Exile is compared to a state of pregnancy

It is appropriate that this Torah reading is read in or in proximity to the month of Nissan, a joyous month inextricably linked with Passover and the redemption from Egypt. This event was the actual birth of the Jewish people. The Exodus is described in these terms by the prophet Ezekiel. He uses the allegory of birth to describe the whole experience of the Jewish people leaving Egypt, wandering in the desert while putting their trust only in G-d, and then their subsequent development into a mature nation serving G-d through Torah and its commandments.1

We also find Torah teachings comparing our later experience of Exile to a state of pregnancy. The unborn child is fully formed, but it is not yet functioning as a normal human being. It has eyes and ears but it cannot see or hear. In the same way we, the Jewish people, are not able to function properly with our full spiritual stature and sensitivity. While still in Exile we hopefully carry out the mitzvot–but we are not really aware of their importance. For this reason, many people do not as yet keep all the Mitzvot which they should. If we had the full awareness of a mature person, we would eagerly keep every mitzvah in sight!

As in the case of a mother expecting a baby that is due at any time, we too eagerly await the ultimate re-birth and renewal of the Jewish people and the world with the coming of the Messiah. The way towards this is through mitzvot, Torah study and especially, love of one’s fellow. Through this we will achieve both birth and rebirth, for the benefit of all humanity.

FOOTNOTES
1. Ezekiel chapter 16. The text depicts sin which leads to exile and then, ultimately, the Redemption.

TORAH STUDIES: Parshat Tazria

Adar II 24, 5774 · March 26, 2014
Tazria

The previous Sidra, Shemini, contained the laws of ritual cleanliness and purity as applied to animals. This week’s Sidra applies the same concepts to men and women. In the Midrash, Rav Simlai draws an analogy between the fact that animals were created before man, and that they were legislated about before him. What is the substance of this analogy? Was man created last because he was higher or lower than the animals? In answering the question, the Rebbe traces the connection between Rav Simlai’s opinion and his character, and examines an important distinction between innate and acquired virtue, or between the excellence which is inherited and that which is earned. It is a question that has perplexed many thinkers: Who is better, the man who is born righteous or the man who has made himself righteous? The Rebbe considers in depth the role of effort in the religious life.

1. The Name “Tazria”

The names of the Sidrot, as has been mentioned before,1 are not merely labels to differentiate one from the next. Every name in Hebrew, the holy language, is an indication of the nature of that which is named. The names of the Sidrot tell us of their essential content. Thus we find that a number of Sidrot are not called by their opening words, as is usually the case, but by some later word which more perfectly expresses their theme.

An example of this occurs with this week’s Sidra. After the general introduction (“And the L-rd spoke to Moses saying…”)2 the first word is “woman” (ishah): “Ifa woman be delivered and bear a male child.” And yet we do not nowadays call the Sidra Ishah butTazria (“be delivered”).

What, then, is the concept implicit in the word Tazria that sums up the content of the entire Sidra?

There is also a difficulty posed by Rashi’s comment on the words “If a woman be delivered.” Quoting the Midrash,3 he says, “Rav Simlai said: Just as the formation of man took place after that of the cattle, beast and fowl, when the world was created, so the law regarding him is set forth after the law regarding cattle, beast and fowl (contained in the previous Sidra).” Thus the new theme that our Sidra takes up, by contrast with the previous chapters, is law relating to humans, as opposed to the laws relating to animals. Thus the word ishah (“woman”) is not only the first individuating word in the Sidra: It also seems highly appropriate to its subject-matter—legislation relating to humans. How is it that “Tazria”embodies more completely this idea of “the law of man?”

2. Man’s Place in Creation

Rav Simlai, in his comment quoted above, uses the phrase “just as” rather than “because.” In other words, the law of man follows that of the animals, not because he was created last, but for the same reason that he was created last.

What was this reason? Various answers are given in the Midrash and the Talmud.4One is: So that if a man’s mind becomes too proud he may be reminded that even the gnats preceded him in the order of creation. Alternatively, so that heretics should not be able to say that the Holy One, blessed be He, had a partner (namely, Adam) in creation. Again, man was created last so that he might immediately enter upon the fulfillment of a precept. He was created on Friday so that he could immediately sanctify the Shabbat. Lastly, it was so that he might go “into the banquet” straight away; that is, all nature was ready for his use.

But the commentators have noticed that all these reasons, while they apply to man being last in creation, do not explain his being last in legislation. What is the meaning of Rav Simlai’s analogy, “just as?”

The Alter Rebbe, in his book Tanya,5 explained that in one sense man is lower than all other creatures, even beasts which are unclean; lower even than the gnat. For not only does he sin, whereas they do not. But he can sin, whereas they cannot. In potentiality as well as in actuality, sin is a reality for man but not for animal.

3. The Order of Learning

The usual order to take in learning Torah is to progress from the simple to the complex, from the light to the weighty. This applies to what is learned: A child of five begins with the Chumash, moves to the Mishnah at the age of ten,6 and so on. It applies also to the depth of learning: First comes acquaintance with the text and only afterwards come the questions, the dialectics, the in-depth study.7 And it applies to the manner of learning. We do not reach at once the highest level of Torah study for its own sake, like David who8 “elevated the Source of the Torah on High, and united it with the Essence of G-d.” Instead, “when a man does it (studies), in the first place he does so with himself in mind.”9

On the other hand, when the Torah was given, the order was reversed. Its devolution from the spirituality of G-d to the physical situation of man was, as it were, a descent from higher to lower. In the passage in Proverbs10 which describes the wisdom of the Torah, it first says: “Then I was by Him, as one brought up with Him, and I was daily His delight.” Only subsequently were “my delights with the sons of men.” The Torah reached down from the heights of G-d to become the possession of man.11 And we in our learning retrace its path, ascending from our physical situation to spiritual closeness with G-d.

This order of learning is mirrored in the structure of the Torah itself. This is why the laws concerning animals are placed first. To sanctify the animal world, by distinguishing the impure from the pure, is relatively simple. The problem of sin does not arise in their case. But for man to sanctify himself, given his capacity for wrongdoing, is far harder. Thus the laws of human conduct come last. Not because of man’s innate superiority to the animals, but because of his deficiencies. This, too, is Rav Simlai’s opinion as to why he was created last: “So that if he becomes too proud, he may be reminded that the gnats preceded him in the order of creation.”

4. Rav Simlai—The Man and his Opinions

We can now see the connection between Rav Simlai’s comment, that just as man was created last so his legislation comes last in the Torah, and the character of Rav Simlai himself.

A virtue can be possessed in two ways. It can be won by effort, or it can be innate or fortuitous. Each has its advantages. An innate or unworked-for virtue has no natural limits. It is like the difference between talent and expertise. An inborn talent may be unlimited; expertise, painfully acquired, can never quite match it. But in its inwardness, the virtue reached by effort surpasses the virtue which is innate. One is always more closely involved with what one has earned than with what one has been given.

This distinction underlies the two contrasting explanations of man’s place as the last of the works of creation: The first that he is the highest, the second that he is the lowest, of creatures.

In innate capacities, he is the highest. From birth, before he has begun to serve G-d, he is nonetheless possessed of a soul which is literally a part of G-d.12 This he retains, together with an underlying faith, even if he turns away from the Divine will.13But in those virtues which he acquires through the effort of service, at the outset he is no better than the rest of creation. In fact, what is most readily apparent is his physical nature, his lack of restraint, his capacity for sin. The powers of the soul are as yet undisclosed. They need to be brought to the surface by effort in the service of G-d. Hence the second opinion, that man was created last to be reminded that even the gnat is in this one respect prior to him.

The connection between this view and its author is this: Rav Simlai did not have an illustrious ancestry. The story is told in the Talmud14 that he came to Rabbi Jochanan and asked him to teach him the Book of Genealogies. But Rabbi Jochanan refused, because (according to Rashi) his lineage was undistinguished. Therefore Rav Simlai, unable to lay claim to inherited virtue, appreciated the value and importance of effort and acquired virtue. This explains his reading of the order of creation. When man is created, he has no acquired distinctions except the disposition to sin. He was made last because at that stage he is the lowest of beings.

This also explains why human law should be called Tazria (“be delivered”). For the process from conception to birth is a symbol of effort, of bringing to fruition, in other words of “labor” in both its senses. There is an additional symbolism in the phrase “if a woman be delivered.” The male and female elements in procreation represent respectively the “spiritual awakening from above” (i.e., the Divine initiative) and “from below” (the human initiative).15 And service, effort, struggle are the forms which the human initiative takes.

5. The Two Faces of Man

There is a principle expressed in the Lecha Dodi prayer that “last in action, first in thought.” Thus man, who was created last, was the original intention behind the whole enterprise of creation.

Both opinions agree with this, that man is the apex of created life. But one side of the argument sees his stature in terms of his innate essence:His Divine soul. The other sees it in terms of his potential achievement through the effort of serving G-d, while viewing man in himself as the lowest of beings. This view, which is Rav Simlai’s, sees the two faces of man (“Adam” in Hebrew). On the one hand he is formed from the dust of the earth (“Adamah”); on the other, he is capable of becoming Divine (“Adameh la-Elyon”—“I will resemble G-d”). This is his essential capacity—to transform himself completely, from a natural to a spiritual being.

6. Service and Creativity

The name “Tazria”therefore symbolizes “avodah,” man’s service of G-d. It also suggests the importance of that service. For when a woman conceives a child and it grows in the womb, an entirely new being is brought into existence. The birth of the child merely reveals this creation, which was wrought at the moment of conception. And when man enters on the life of service, he too creates a new being: Natural man becomes spiritual man, Adamah (the dust of “the earth”) becomes Adameh la-Elyon (a semblance of G-d). And his Divine soul, which was innate, becomes also inward, because it has changed from being a gift to being something earned.

(Source: Likkutei Sichot, Vol. VII pp. 74-79)

FOOTNOTES
1. Cf. supra, pp. 10-11.
2. Vayikra 12:1.
3. Vayikra Rabbah, ad loc.
4. Sanhedrin, 38a.
5. Part I, ch. 29; cf. Ibid., Part I, ch. 24.
6. Pirkei Avot, end of ch. 5.
7. Avodah Zarah, 19a, Rashi, ad loc.
8. Sefer Habahir.
9. Pesachim, 68b.
10. 8:30-31. Cf. Tanya, Part V, David Zemirot.
11. Cf. Tanya, Part I, ch. 4.
12. Tanya, Part I, beg. of ch. 2.
13. Ibid., Part I, end of ch. 24.
14. Pesachim, 62b and cf. Rashi, ad loc.
15. Likkutei Torah, Tazria, Maamar Soss Tassiss.

WEEKLY ALIYOT: Parshat Tazria

Tazria Aliya Summary
Adar II 24, 5774 · March 26, 2014

 

General Overview: The bulk of this week’s portion, Tazria, discusses various forms oftzara’at, skin maladies which are contracted as a result of engaging in forbidden gossip. Also discussed are certain garment discolorations which constitute “clothingtzara’at.”


First Aliyah: The Jewish people are instructed regarding the ritual impurity contracted by a woman who gives birth. The timeframe of this period of impurity differs depending whether the child is a boy or girl. At the conclusion of this period, the woman immerses in a mikvah and is required to bring certain offerings in the Temple. Incidentally, the Torah mentions the obligation to circumcise a male child on the eighth day of his life. The Torah then begins discussing the laws of tzara’at, a skin discoloration — often inaccurately translated as “leprosy” — which renders a person ritually impure. This aliyah discusses various forms of white skin discolorations. A person who has the symptoms of tzara’at must be seen by a priest. If the discoloration is deemed “suspicious,” the priest will immediately declare the individual impure or quarantine him for up to two weeks.


Second Aliyah: At the conclusion of the quarantine period, the priest either declares the individual pure or impure. The Torah then discusses what is done in the event that thetzara’at spreads after the individual was declared pure, or if there is raw skin within thetzara’at, or if the tzara’at has spread over the entire body.


Third Aliyah: We learn the laws of tzara’at which appears following an inflammation on the skin.


Fourth Aliyah: We learn the laws of tzara’at which appears following a burn to the skin.


Fifth Aliyah: In this aliyah we discover that tzara’at can also affect the areas on the body covered by hair. The symptoms and laws of such a tzara’at are quite different than standard tzara’at. This section concludes with the laws of a person afflicted by multiple dull white areas on his skin.


Sixth Aliyah: This section discusses tzara’at which appears on a bald spot, as well a white discoloration streaked with red, which can appear anywhere on the body. Also discussed is the procedure followed by an individual who is afflicted with tzara’at, the main requirement being that he must remain outside the city until his condition clears up. The Torah then discusses “clothing tzara’at,” a green or red discoloration which can affect certain types of materials. The garment is shown to a priest who quarantines it for up to two weeks.


Seventh Aliyah: At the conclusion of the quarantine period, depending on the circumstances the garment is either declared pure, or completely burnt, or only the part which was discolored is torn out and burnt.

 

PARSHAH IN A NUTSHELL: Tazria

Tazria
Adar II 24, 5774 · March 26, 2014
Leviticus 12:1-13:59

 

The Parshah of Tazria continues the discussion of the laws of Tumah v’Taharahritual impurity and purity.

woman giving birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah(a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All male infants are to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.

Tzaraat (“leprosy”) is a supra-natural plague, which also can afflict garments. If white or pink patches appear on a person’s skin (dark red or green in garments), a Kohen is summoned. Judging by various signs, such as an increase in size of the afflicted area after a seven-day quarantine, the Kohen pronounces it tameh (impure) or tahor (pure).

A person afflicted with tzaraat must dwell alone outside of the camp (or city) until he is healed. The afflicted area in a garment is removed; if the tzaraat spreads or recurs, the entire garment must be burned.


This being the Shabbat that falls on or before the 1st of Nissan, we also read the section of Hachodesh (Exodus 12:1-20) which relates G-d’s words to Moses in Egypt two weeks before the Exodus, instructing us to set the Jewish calendar by the monthlynew moon and to regard Nissan as the “head of months.” G-d also instructs to bring the Passover offering, to eat it with matzah and bitter herbs, and to abstain fromleaven for seven days.

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Rav Hutner notes that both midday and midnight are called chatzot.Each is considered a climax of the day. The timing of the redemption was exactly at midnight, a turning point for Klal Yisrael.

When one begins to read the piyutof Vayehi b’chatzi halayla, one gets the impression that all the events took place on the night Pesach. However, when we examine each statement, it doesn’t seem to be the case. Hashem’s admonition to Lavan not to harm Yaakov and Yaakov’s fight with the angel of Esav could not have both occurred on the 15th of Nissan. These events took place several days apart. Additionally, the letters Haman sent to exterminate Klal Yisrael and the hanging of Haman took place within three days of each other and couldn’t have taken place on the same day. Rav Shlomo Kluger explains that the intent of the piyut is not that all of the miracles took place on Pesach night but rather that Hashem works through the medium of darkness andhester panim. The salvation of Klal Yisrael came through the hand of Hashem, who controls everything from behind the scenes. However, there are commentaries that contend that when the two connected events are mentioned, it means that the first was conceived clandestinely in the blackness of night and the salvation came on the 15th of Nissan b’chatzot halayla. The Targum Yonatan maintains that these events actually occurred on the 15th of Nisan.

The Rambam notes that this night contains a certain magnetism and sanctity. Avraham went to battle against the kings and on the 15thof Nissan, b’chatzot halayla, he miraculously won over the enemy. A year later on that very same night, Sedom was destroyed and an angel led Lot to safety. On the 17th of Nissan, the daughter of Lot conceived Moav, the precursor of Ruth, David, and Mashiach. The ashes of destruction gave birth to the seeds of salvation. Similarly, the legions of Sisera were crushed at midnight as was the deity of the Babylonians. Belshatzar was punished and killed on this night for taking the holy vessels of the mikdash. The paytan writes, “Leil shimurim hu l’Hashem.” This night transcends time.

Yitzchak intended to give the blessings to Esav on this night. According to some opinions, he knew Esav was a rasha and he hoped that on leil shimurim, when Hashem’s heavenly vaults are open, he could more easily hope to change him. Likewise, Targum Yonatan suggests that Kayin and Hevel brought their sacrifices on the 14th of Nissan. Fullness of the moon implies the observance of Hashem’s commands, while the diminishing of the moon indicates sin. On the 14th and 15th of Nissan, they saw the fullness of the moon, a sign that their service would be accepted by Hashem and that they could obtain perfection.

The spiritual struggle between Yaakov and the angel of Esav took place on the night of the 14th of Nissan. Esav tried to find deficiencies in Yaakov, just as Amalek later attempted to cool down our faith. But Yaakov emerged victorious and gave us merit for all generations. Chazal say this night resembles the ultimate redemption. Leil haseder is a night of miracles when our gratitude to Hashem knows no bounds. As we sit at our royal tables, let us thank Hashem for all the wonders, kindness, and blessings He has given us and may the joy engendered on this holy night carry us to ultimate freedom.

Based on a Naaleh.com shiur by Rabbi Beinish Ginsburg

One of the central parts of Magid is the section of the four sons. Therasha asks, “Ma ha’avodah hazot lachem,” What is this work to you? The Hagada says, because he excluded himself let his teeth be blunted. But the chacham seems to exclude himself too. He says, “Mah ha’eidot v’hachukim v’hamishpatim asher tzivah Hashem Elokeinu etchem? What are these statutes that Hashem commanded you?” Yet, he gets a proper response and we teach him the laws of Pesach.

The commentators explain the difference. The chacham mentions Hashem’s name, which shows that he includes himself with Klal Yisrael. The rasha simply excludes himself. Still, why does thechacham say etchem? The Daat Zekeinim explains that the chachamrefers to the original command of Hashem. The Torah describes how the first generation of Jews left Egypt and their children asked their fathers, what are all these mitzvot Hashem commanded you? So thechacham son of today is being precise. He asks his father, Hashem gave you these mitzvot, please explain them to me and let us do them together.

The Meshech Chachma points out that regarding the chacham andtam the Hagada says leimor. But regarding the rasha it only says, “Ki yomru aleichem.” The Sifri in Devarim explains that one meaning of the word leimor is to say something in order to get an answer. The chacham and tam are asking sincere questions, while the rasha just attacks with a rhetorical question.

The Kli Yakar and the Sheirit Menachem give a third explanation. Both the chacham and tam mention machar, tomorrow, while therasha does not. A basic fundamental aspect of Judaism is “Naaseh v’nishma.” First we do, then we try to understand. The Hagada says, “Matza zu she’anu ochlin al shum mah?” First we eat the matzah and then we explain why. The reason for the mitzva is not the essence of the mitzva. When we understand a mitzva, our understanding adds flavor and excitement, but the essence of a mitzva is simply to do Hashem’s command. The tzaddik says tomorrow I will understand, first I will do. The rasha wants to know all the details first.

Rav Soloveitchik explains that the halacha of not eating afterafikomen is mentioned at the very end of Mishnayot Pesachim. It doesn’t mean we teach the chacham only this law. Rather we teach him all the halachot of Pesach up to and including the halacha of ein maftirin acher haPesach. The ultimate motive of yetziat Mitzrayimwas the giving of the Torah. We were freed physically on Pesach but we didn’t achieve full spiritual freedom until we received the Torah. Pesach is a direct link to Shavuot. We begin counting towardkabalat haTorah from the second day of Pesach. So we see that learning halacha is an essential part of sipur yetziat Mitzrayim and the chacham is ready for the full story. We conclude with this mitzvaof not eating after afikomen as a reminder to ourselves and our children that we were redeemed from exile to serve Hashem.

 

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The hagadah tells of the five sages in Bnei Brak who stayed awake until the morning recounting the story of the Exodus. They spent all night speaking of yetziat Mitzrayim because it contains the fundamentals of Jewish faith. The Alter of Kelm teaches that one of the essential lessons of the story of our redemption is hashgachat pratit. Hashem punishes and rewards down to the smallest detail. At kriat yam suf each of the Egyptians sank in the sea according to the degree of retribution he deserved.

The sages didn’t involve themselves in chiddushim or deep mystical interpretations of the Torah. They discussed the simple meaning of the text in a way that was so real to them that they were unaware that morning had come. We are supposed to make the story of the Exodus come alive in a way that everyone at the seder feels as if they left Egypt. By retelling the story with an emphasis on Hashem’s involvement in our lives, and how much He cares and looks out for us, we implant emunah peshuta in our children. The hagadah begins with the story of the sages in Bnei Brak because it wants to tell us something very profound. “Afilu kulanu chachamim… mitzvah aleinu l’saper.” Although we may be accomplished and knowledgeable in all aspects of Torah, the mitzva is to retell the story in a simple, real, way.

Rabbi Spero points out that the incident in Bnei Brak happened right after the destruction of the BeitHamikdash. When the Temple stood, thousands would go up to Har Habayit to bring the Pesach sacrifice. After the destruction, the nation was bereft, left to conduct a seder in the absence of the glory that once was. Still, the sages remained strong in the face of this potentially overwhelming sadness, and spoke all night about yetziat mitzrayim, to fulfill themitzva in the best possible way. The Ohev Yisrael points out that that the word brak is related to barak (lightning). Mesaper comes from the root word sapir, a shining light. On that memorable night, they imbued us with the ability to illuminate the long dark exile with faith and hope. They taught us that if we hold onto emunah, the long awaited morning will surely come. Although circumstances may seem clouded and hard to understand, we must recognize Hashem’s love and feel His connection. We can’t always perceive the full beautiful picture. All we may see is the crisscross of threads at the back of the tapestry. But the night of Pesach teaches us truth. The pain of slavery did not come out of sadism, but out of great love. The suffering purified and elevated us so that we could ultimately become the Chosen Nation.

Pesach celebrates the oral tradition, the give and take between father and son. It celebrates the fact that we were redeemed to immerse ourselves in Torah. The word Mitzrayim is made up of the letters mem and mem and the word yetzer. The first mem is the first word of the Mishna, meimasei and the last mem is the last letter of the Mishna, b’shalom. To overcome our own personal Egypt, our yetzer, we must go from the first mem to the last mem. The seder night is about telling over the story of yetziat Mitzrayim. The four cups of wine symbolize pardes, the four levels of understanding of Torah. We were redeemed in the merit of the dynamic process of Torah which reflects our deep relationship with Hashem.

It is a night of questions and answers, of delving into tradition. It is a night of faith and protection and blessing, when we can tap into the wellsprings of strength and freedom and begin anew.

 

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