Monthly archives for April, 2016

M’tzora (Leper)

Naso

Leviticus 14:1 to 15:11 The main topic of this week is a skin disease commonly recognized as leprosy by Biblical commentators and the ritual purity / impurity associated with it. This information seems as if it’s centuries old. But, with a little digging, we find that it is still relevant to the contemporary Jewish community. […]

Tazria (Childbirth)

Tazria

Leviticus 12:1 to 13:59 Ritual impurity can result from many factors as described in Torah. This week’s text describes the symptoms and treatment of a person with a skin disease that results in ritual impurity. This week’s parsha, Tazria, is usually combined with the next, M’tzora, to form a double reading. But, because this is a […]

Sh’mini – Torah In Haiku

Sh'mini

Hasenpfeffer? TREIF … BUT CHOCOLATE COVERED CRICKETS?  POSSIBLY KOSHER — Leviticus 11:2-3,6 These are the creatures that you may eat from among all the land animals: any animal that has true hoofs, with clefts through the hoofs, and that chews the cud, such you may eat … the hare, although it chews the cud, it […]

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