Society of Jewish Science Kabbalat Shabbat 4/12/24 – 7pm

Society of Jewish Science Kabbalat Shabbat

Friday, April 12, 2024 – 7:00PM

(Hybrid Service – in person/Zoom)

Parshah Tazria

This week’s Torah portion Tazria, which means “conceives”, is found in Leviticus 12:1–13:59. Here we continue discussing the laws of “tumah v’taharah”, ritual impurity and purity.

The parshah begins by explaining that a woman who has given birth must go through a process of purification, which includes immersion in a mikvah (a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. Then, there is the discussion of tzara’at (typically mistranslated as leprosy) which is a supra-natural plague that presents as a white or pink patch that appears on a person’s skin, garments, or homes.

A kohen (priest) examines the tzara’at to determine if the person is clean or unclean and proclaim it to be tamei (impure) or tahor (pure). A person afflicted with tzara’at must be quarantined and remain alone outside of the community until healed.

  • What does “conceiving” and giving birth have to do with impurity and purity?

  • Is there any connection between “conceiving” and tzara’at?

  • Why can’t one who has tzara’at (and is impure) quarantine inside their home rather than outside the community?

  • Do any of these things relate to us in our daily lives?

Please join us this Shabbat and join the discussion. We hope to see you there!

Rabbi Scott is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Society of Jewish Science
Time: 7pm
Meeting ID: 829 9935 1462
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