Tazria Slides (PDF)
Tazria Notes (PDF)

This week’s Portion, Tazriai  (“Conceive) – Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59 – continues with  God’s regulations concerning purification from uncleanness.

The purification after childbirth requires 1) sacrifice – Burnt & Sin Offerings and 2) a period of consecration – 40 days for a son; 80 days for a daughter.  Why the difference?  The Rabbis say that the woman has a greater capacity for life; therefore there is greater loss of “virtue” (for lack of a better word) in the mother, and a longer period of “recovery” is required.

This week’s final chapter details the process by which the Priest diagnoses a case of leprosy — symbolic of sin.

Next week’s Portion continues with the treatment of leprosy.

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