|Week of April 19, 2009 Shabbat Tazria Metzora,Rosh Chodesh Iyar, 5769|
This week the Torah reading is a double portion! Most Rabbi's breathe a sigh of relief that they don't have to explain "Leprosy" two weeks in a row like in the Leap Years.
Tazria (contamination) is the portion that comes under attach from the Feminists who object to the different treatment of a women who gave birth to a boy or to a girl. Metzora are usually translated as either "Leprosy" or a Man who is contaminated with a skin disease usually translated as "Leprosy". Then it is explained that it is not the modern disease called Leprosy in which people (over the centuries) were separated from the communities in which they lived and generally treated as less than Human and sometimes not even with a modicum of Human Dignity.
There are 67 verses in Tazria and the code word is Binah - The Left Column Sephera in the upper worlds. It also means understanding. Metzora has 90 Verses which is the Gematria of the Letter Tzadi. The code word is Ayin Yood Dalet Vav which means His Feast (The Muslims share a Holiday Feast marking the end of the Pilgrimmage to Mecca). the Total number of Verses is 157. The Sages (to my knowledge) did not give us codewords for the double Parashiot so we need to utilize our expanded consciousness to arrive at the meaning within the number of Verses. The number can be spelled in different letter order. Zion Koof Nun Sofit means an old man, elder, scholar, or grandfather. Zion Nun Koof means to jump or leap forth. Some words that have the same Gematria are NeKeva which means female and MuPheleh which means Wonderful or Admirable.
This leaves us a bit bewildered as to what is the essence of this reading. On the surface stories of Metzora there is the "Leprosy" of the House, the Clothing, and the Person. During Tazria we are instructed to go to the Cohen or Priest to determine if we have the disease.
There is some help in understanding the essence in the above. From this we learn that we are not able to judge ourselves without Other People especially Knowledgable people.
So what is the essence of these Parashiot? During this period of the Omer reflect on ourselves. What have we done incorrectly; what pain have we caused in our receiving (which is the meaning of Female - Kabbalistically) when we just accepted something and did not stop to reflect on who else suffered while we enjoyed. Do we inherently believe that we are righteous and that others are not. This is so we do not have to change ourselves as we prepare for the return of the Light of Pesach which we now call the Light of Revelation on Shavuot.
On another level, These Parashiot teach us to avoid Loshon HaRah because our sages tell us that the effect of becoming a Metzora was due to Loshon HaRah (evil talk - which is truthful). We became so used to speaking Loshon HaRah that the effect of the disease became diluted and HaShem stopped sending it to us. Are you ready for this disease to return so that everyone will know that you spoke Loshon Harah? this reading helps you raise your consciousness about Loshon HaRAah and to hopefully stop doing it - so that we will not need the Disease to return.
There is a large Gimmel in the portion of Tazria. This is helping us overcome our Ego which the Letter Gimmel has within it. We speak LaShon HaRah because we want to feel more important etc than another person. Our ego causes us to do this incorrect action as well as all incorrect actions. Use this large Gimmel to overcome your ego and unify with those around you.
As for the Feminists - i will probably be pillored at the stake for even suggesting something as obvious as the reason that it takes twice as long when a women bears a girl child is that she is actually more pure from this than when she bears a boy child. Look to the language - 33 days of "blood of Purity" or 66 days. 33 is the word Lag as in Lag B'Omer. As we get closer to that Holiday we will discuss what Lag and double Lag represents.
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