METZORA (one being diseased)

The unique laws of the metzora have established that, despite the fact that his contamination is manifested in a change on his body, it was caused by his degraded spiritual condition. Being alone outside the camp gives him the opportunity to reflect on his deficiencies and to repent so that he can once more become worthy of becoming part of …

TAZRIA (she conceives)

The Torah lesson for this week is about skin diseases: tzara’at, but as we’ll see, this external condition is really a sign of an internal moral condition. Question: What does TAZRIA mean in English? She conceives or bearing seed Leviticus 12:1 And יהוה spoke to Moses saying, 2 Speak to the Children of Israel saying, If a woman has conceived …

P’Kudei (Accounts)

Exodus 38:21 This is the sum of the Tabernacle, the Tabernacle of Testimony, as it was recorded, according to the commandment of Moses, by the service of the Levites, under the direction of Ithamar, son to Aaron the priest. C-MATS  Question: Everybody gave the money that was needed to Moses, and he was in charge of the whole project. Even …

Vayak’hel (He Assembles)

In this portion, Moses addresses the entire nation and charges them with the privilege of building the Tabernacle. Much of the text is a repetition of the directions given in the previous chapters. Israel’s ability to create a setting for יהוה’s Presence is a measure of its greatness and, indeed, a primary reason for its very existence. Its future history …