Meir Tzvi Berman

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Parshas Tazria - Metzorah


This week's parsha deals with Tzora'as a skin condition that was a punishment for Loshan Hora (gossip) and other sins.

The condition rendered a person ritually impure upon the Kohen's (priest) pronouncing the diagnosis.

It is interesting to note that the Metzora's (one afflicted with Tzora'as) fate is sealed with a single word of the Kohen. This is an important lesson for the Metzora.

Sometimes one may transgress the laws of Loshon Hora because he doesn't appreciate the importance of speech. He may figure "I did the other party no harm, I just said some words". The fact that the Loshon Hora speaker's fate is sealed with the Kohen's utterance teaches him the lesson on the power of speech.

(Dubnoer Magid)


"V'He'emid HaKohen Hamitaher Ess HaIsh HaMetaher V'Osam Lifnei Hashem Pesach Ohel Moed"

"And the Kohen who cleanses should stand the man who is being cleansed and them (the sacrificial animals) before Hashem (G-d) by the opening of the sanctuary"

A Metzora must undergo a purification process when the skin condition disappears. This involves bringing sacrifices and he/she must enter the Bais Hamikdash Temple area. Because the Metzora is still ritually unclean, the entry is done in a partial manner, something that is forbidden to any other individual who is ritually impure.

The Metzora is accorded special treatment by the Torah because he is a Ba'al Teshuva (one who is repenting). This is evident by the fact that he was healed from his sin, which originally induced the Tzora'as.

Hashem takes special care to expedite the repentance of a Ba'al Teshuva despite any obstacles that may arise.

(Ma'ayana Shel Torah - Itturei Torah)

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