Bearing Seed

Leviticus 12:1−13:59

When Is Tazria Read?

/ 1 Nisan 5782
/ 5 Nisan 5784
/ 3 Nisan 5787


  • 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)

Ten Minutes of Torah: Tazria Commentary

Torrah and Kippah

Power to the People: Relying on a Collective Authority

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.”

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Parshat Tazria: Skin Care Tips from the Torah

Tazria is possibly the grossest parsha in the entire Torah, full of scaly skin, sprouting sores and breakouts of Biblical proportions. Join the contagiously comic chronicler of crustiness Jennifer Traig for a tour of Biblical skin disease. Bring your own pimple cream. Watch this video and more with Bim Bam.

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