Tazria-Metzora

“And on the day healthy flesh appears in it, it shall be pure.”
~ Leviticus 13:14

Tzara’as was a leprosy-like condition resulting from slander, which rendered someone spiritually-impure. However, only a priest could determine their status, and until then, one remains pure until further notice.

Why add the phrase “on the day”?

To teach that there are times – like festivals and the seven days of a wedding celebration – when the priest shouldn’t check at all, so as not to dampen the joy. Instead we leave the afflicted person in limbo.

Chill out. Your problems will wait.

* This week’s davar is dedicated in honor of the 90th birthday of Judith Nora Cohen Resnick, whose celebrating in Israel with four generations of family. Ad meah ve’esrim!

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Shemini

“Moses said: “This is the thing that God has commanded that you do, then the Glory of God will appear to you.”
~ Leviticus 9:6

After instructing the priests how to perform the sacrifices, Moses reassures them that consequently God would appear.

Why was this necessary?

Because some people believe that when it comes to a relationship with God, mere emotion is sufficient and action is optional. While it’s true that a mitzvah performed without emotion is lacking, nonetheless, it’s the deed that counts.

Just like no bride agreed to marriage without a ring, so too it’s our display of trust that God responds to.

* This week’s davar is dedicated to my grandmother Etta bas Efraim who passed away on Monday morning at the age of 90. May her beautiful soul have an elevation.

Tzav

““He shall remove his garments and wear other garments and he shall take out the ashes.”
~ Leviticus 6:4

The first daily Temple-service was the removal of the previous day’s ashes from the Altar.

Why did the priest need to change clothes?

Sorry budding Kabbalists, no hidden mysticism here and not even a mitzvah! Rather just simple commonsense: sense he’s likely to soil his holy garments from the dirty ashes, the priest should change into ‘overalls’. Evidently, certain clothing is unsuitable for specific pursuits.

If you dress appropriately for business-meetings or social-functions, why should spiritual ones be any different?