27 Metzora

 זֹאת תִּהְיֶה תּוֹרַת הַמְּצֹרָע בְּיוֹם טָהֳרָתוֹ וְהוּבָא אֶל־הַכֹּהֵֽן

This is to be the law concerning the person afflicted with tzara'at on the day of his purification. He is to be brought to the cohen.

Shabbat

Name

Parasha

Haftora

Brit Chadasha

April 9 2022

Metzora
“Leper”

Leviticus
14:1-15:33        

Malachi 3:4-24

Matt 9:20-26
Luke 8:43-48

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Boundaries are the focal point of Parashat Metzora, and indeed they are the obsession of the book of Leviticus. The precise placement of the Israelite encampment along with all the accessory of the sacrificial cult, laws pertaining to people and places struck by leprosy, and individuals who have suffered discharge or women who have given birth all underscore how is the Torah embrace of boundaries. Indeed, as we read in Leviticus 15:31 So you are to keep the People of Israel separate from their uncleanness, so they will not die in their uncleanness by defiling My Tabernacle that is in their midst.

This week’s Parasha, Metzora, details the special procedures a Priest performs to purify the recovered metzora (a person suffering from some kind of skin condition). Metzora is about the insides (childbirth and emissions) and outsides (skin afflictions) of the body.
God orders Israelites to notice and monitor intimate changes in their bodies—menstruation, discharges, eruptions, inflammations, hair growth, “swelling, rash, discoloration,” and so on. For example see Leviticus 13:2.

The concern of both Torah and the people is to safeguard God’s Presence. The people of Israel were keenly attuned to their physical selves and surroundings. Not only are we to continue in a similar vein, but we must also pay careful attention to our ethical and moral selves. The ethical, balanced with our Spiritual and physical live, has the potential to emphasize God’s Presence and His divine qualities in us.

Just as God dwells with angels above, so too does God dwell with us here.