Finding the Voice

In terms of the laws of tumah and tahara, טומאת צרעת is the most severe, not טומאת מת.

Reish Lakish makes a linguistic connection between metzora and מוציא שם רע.

God created the world through speech and gives man alone the ability to speak. Misspeach caused exile, both at the time of Churban Bayit Sheni and even from the Garden of Eden.

The connection between Pesach and speech. On Pesach we found our voices – a slave doesn’t have the ability to voice his own opinion. Being freed is celebrated using our voice to tell the story. Being free is the ability to speak and to advocate (Netziv).

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Delivered at the OU Israel Center, April 11th, 2019 (6 Nisan 5779)

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