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M'tzora

M'tzora

A Leper
Leviticus
14:1-15:33

The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: "This shall be the ritual for a leper at the time of being purified ." - Leviticus 14:1-2

Summary: 
  • Priestly rituals to cure tzaraat (a skin condition) when it afflicts humans are described. (14:1-32)
  • Rituals to rid dwelling places of tzaraat are presented. (14:33-57)
  • The parashah denotes male impurities resulting from a penile discharge or seminal emission. (15:1-18)
  • The parashah concludes with accounts of female impurities caused by a discharge of blood. (15:19-33)

When do we read M'tzora?

2017 Apr 29 /3 Iyyar, 5777
2018 Apr 21 /6 Iyyar, 5778

RECENT COMMENTARY

  • By Elyse Goldstein

    Theologian Elizabeth Dodson Gray notes: "Women's bodies may be the hardest place for women to find sacredness" ( Sacred Dimensions of Women's Experience, 1988, p. 197). Our society sends negative messages to women from earliest childhood about the expected perfection of their physiques and the disappointments of any flaws in the female form. Parashat M'tzora, then, with its focus on menstrual impurity (15:19-24), seems to impart the same kind of unfavorable sense. Rejecting our own received biases and patriarchal assumptions about menstruation, however, can help us form a contemporary view of these so-called taboos.

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