Metzora by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Torah Portion Metzora: The Leper Recovered by Rabbi David Hartley Mark This is the man Who may have been a leper. These are the living birds, all pure, Brought by the man Who may have been a leper. This is the wood From a cedar green, Two living birds With feathered sheen Brought by the […]

Parsha Metzora by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

Parsha Metzora (מצרע) Torah: Leviticus 14:1-15:33 Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-7:20 My years of dealing with this parsha/Torah portion have drained the intellectual well dry: its tiresome subject is leprosy, again. For a change of pace, therefore, I turn to Haftarat Metzora (though we will not be chanting it this year, in favor of Malachi, since it is Shabbat […]

Haftorat Metzora: The Tale of the Four Lepers by David Hartley Mark

Let Hercules himself do what he may, The cat will mew, and dog will have his day. [1600-1 Shakespeare, Hamlet v. i. 286] What’s harder to sermonize or write about than one Parsha/Torah Portion about Leprosy? Two Torah portions. And so, because this is a Leap Year in the Hebrew Calendar, the two portions which […]