Posts tagged Ritual Purity

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 / Metzorah – Torah In Ha...

When things just aren’t right … Some ritual is required … To get back on track — This week’s haiku was inspired by what Anita Silvert wrote on her blog, Jewish Jems, for this portion. She puts a new spin on the idea of being tamei (impure), comparing it to being “in a foul mood, […]

Acharei Mot (After the death)

Leviticus 16:1 to 18:30 In the text of past weeks we have learned that a person had to be “ritually pure” to take part in the community’s ritual ceremonies and offerings. However, being human, mistakes were made and every person (even the priests) became ritually impure. This week’s parsha provides rituals for atonement and redemption […]

Tazria – Torah In Haiku

Tazria – Torah In Haiku

Is bald beautiful? According to the Torah A bald man is “pure” Leviticus 13:40-42 “If a man loses the hair of his head and become bald, he is pure. If he loses the hair on the front part of his head and becomes bald at the forehead, he is pure.” Of course, the Torah is […]

Tazrai – (Woman at Childbirth)

Leviticus 12: 1 to 13:59  Leviticus contains laws affecting the Israelites from birth to death… ranging from dietary rules to proper business relations. This week, the focus is on the treatment of new mothers and certain skin diseases. All these laws help shape the community and create a special relationship between the people and their […]

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