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.