Tazriah: A Penalty for Unclean Men

Parshat Tazriah: A Penalty for Unclean Men by Rabbi David Hartley Mark “The LORD spoke to Moses…’Speak to the Israelite people thus: When a woman bears a child, she shall be tamei/unclean for seven days; she shall be as unclean as at her Time of the Month.” –Lev. 12:1-2             Rather, had the Lord spoke […]

Tazria-Metzora By Rabbi David Hartley Mark

I am Kevudah, the “honored one,” wife of Eleazar, Aaron’s third son—but his eldest, now that Nadav and Avihu are dead, killed by the hand of God—the flames of God, I mean. They offered “strange fire”—some mistake in preparing the incense, we believe, as well as guilty of taking a drop of mead prior to the service—we will never know for sure, since the two young men—boys, really—were totally immolated by God’s fire. Just as they were about to wave their incense-pans, too. Horrible, horrible way to die, at the hands of the God we are commanded to love. And Who loves us. I wonder.

Parsha Tazria by Rabbi David Hartley Mark

 Parsha Tazria (פרשת תזריע) Shabbat haChodesh Torah: Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59 Haftarah: Ezekiel 45:16 – 46:18 The subject of this parsha/Torah portion, and of the one which follows, is leprosy. For all the three decades of my rabbinate, I have, year after year, racked my brain for new things to say about this gloomy subject, which, for […]

Torah Talk 03/24/2014 – Tazria

This week’s Torah portion is: Tazria – Leviticus 12-1 Hosted by Chanah