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Bearing Seed

The Eternal One spoke to Moses, saying: "Speak to the Israelite people thus: When a woman at childbirth bears a male, she shall be impure seven days; she shall be impure as at the time of her condition of menstrual separation." - Leviticus 12:1-2

  • God describes the rituals of purification for a woman after childbirth. (12:1-8)
  • God sets forth the methods for diagnosing and treating a variety of skin diseases, including tzara-at (a leprous affection), as well as those for purifying clothing. (13:1-59)

When do we read Tazria?

2022 Apr 2
/1 Nisan, 5782
2024 Apr 13
/5 Nisan, 5784


  • By Rabbi Ben Spratt

    Priest as physician. Spiritual blight as medical malady. Simmering beneath the descriptions of scaly skin and malignant discolorations in Parashat Tazria is a mode of power that challenges the modern mindset. A dominant few of paternal priestly lineage hold the knowledge and authority to diagnose, isolate, and adjudicate regarding leprous eruptions. The fate of those afflicted rests solely in the proclamations of the priests, who deem whether people are labeled “clean” or “unclean.”

  • Torah for Tweens

    This guide will show you about the double Parashah, Tazria & M'tzora. Learn about what the Torah has to say about purity law, childbirth, and disease with Torah for Tweens!

  • Torah for Teens

    Another perspective on this week’s Torah portion. Written by teens, for teens.

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