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Context and Perspective

Until this point, we have focused on tzara’at’s manifestation as a skin disease; however, in the two portions of Tazria and Metzora, tzara’at actually manifests in three different ways: on the human body as a skin disease, on clothes, and on houses. The Talmud provides an interesting explanation for why there were three different types […]

The Laws of Family Purity

Towards the end of Metzora (Leviticus 19:15-24) the basic laws relating to menstruating women and the obligation of husband and wife to separate during menstruation are detailed. These laws, known as the laws of family purity, dictate the rhythm and cycle of marital relations and are considered the foundation of Jewish married life and a […]