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Haftarah for Acharei Mos
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G-d says that the Jews are no different from anyone else. He uses the example of the descendants of Cush; we are all descended from the sons of Noah. Sure, G-d took the Jews from Egypt, but He also took the Philistines from Kaftor and the nation of Aram from Kir. We are all G-d’s […]
Haftarah for Metzora
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There were four lepers outside the city gates. (Traditionally these were Gechazi and his sons – see Talmud Sotah 47a.) They said, “Why sit here until we starve to death? Let’s go to the camp of Aram – they’ll either save us or kill us quickly.” They entered the camp at twilight and found it […]
Haftarah for Tazria
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A man came with bread for the prophets, but it wasn’t nearly enough. (The simple reading is that there were 20 loaves to feed 100 people, which is actually pretty good. The Talmud in Kesubos, 106a, clarifies that there was one loaf for every hundred people – that’s very different!) Elisha told them not to […]
Simcha or Sin?
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Context Parshat Tazria opens with one of the strangest examples of biblical ritual “impurity”: tumat yoledet, tuma resulting from childbirth. The Torah relates that, following the birth of a male child, a childbearing mother enters a seven-day period of tuma, while following the birth of a female child, a fourteen-day period of tuma is mandated. […]
Parshat Tazria: Causes of Tzara’at
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“If a person has upon his skin a white blotch, discoloration or spot and it is suspected of being a mark of the tzara’at affliction upon his skin, he shall be brought to Ahron the Kohen or one of his children the Kohanim.” (VaYikra 13:2) This pasuk introduces the Torah’s discussion of tzara’at. Tzara’at is […]
Parshat Tazria: Tumah and Tzara’at
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When a person shall have on the skin of his flesh a white blotch, a similar discoloration or bright white spot and it is suspected of being a mark of tzara’at on the skin of his flesh, then he should be brought to Aharon the Kohen or one of his sons the Kohanim. (VaYikra 13:2) […]