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Torah Portion: Tazria
 
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Dear Friend,

This Shabbat is Rosh Chodesh Nissan, which means that Pesach is fast approaching!

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Wishing you a Good Shabbos,
 

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


This week’s parshah speaks of several spiritual impurities associated with the human body and teaches us the means of purification from them. The commentaries note that this discussion follows the discussion in the previous parshah concerning animals - which of them are clean, i.e., kosher, and which are not. Quoting from the Midrash, Rashi explains, “Just as man’s creation was after the creation of all animals, beasts, and birds, so too, the Torah states the laws concerning the status of man after the laws regarding animals, beasts, and birds.”


Why indeed did G-d create man on the sixth day of creation, after everything else? The Midrash explains: “So that if he is not meritorious, we say to him, ‘A gnat preceded you, a snail preceded you.’” Meaning, that man was created last to indicate that, in a certain sense, man is inferior to all the animals that preceded him in the order of creation. The inferiority the Midrash refers to is man’s inherent ability to desire what G-d forbids - even if the person does not actually disobey G-d’s commands.


In Jewish thought, animals don’t have free choice, so whereas non-kosher animals and beasts are incapable of defying the G-dly mission and purpose for which G-d created them, the human being is capable of being drawn to behaviour that G-d forbids. Hence, the nature of the human being is lowlier than the nature of animals, beasts, and fowl.

This explains why just as the creation of man followed the creation of the animals, the laws regarding the purity and impurity of man are likewise stated in the Torah after the laws concerning animals. The laws of discerning between kosher and non-kosher, and between the pure and impure, represent the spiritual refinement of the various aspects of creation through the guidance of the Torah.


As a rule, the Torah gradually advances us from lighter topics and easier tasks to those that are more difficult to grasp or accomplish. When addressing laws of purity and impurity, the Torah talks about the inanimate, then the vegetative and animal kingdoms and then finally the Torah addresses is therefore the refinement of the coarse human body, for since man has the potential to oppose G-d’s will directly more so than any other creation, his “laws” and refinement are there the most difficult task of all.

 
 
 
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Parshah in a Nutshell

Parshat Tazria

The Parshah of Tazria continues the discussion of the laws of tumah v’taharah, ritual impurity and purity.

A woman giving birth should undergo a process of purification, which includes immersing in a mikvah (a naturally gathered pool of water) and bringing offerings to the Holy Temple. All male infants are to be circumcised on the eighth day of life.

Tzaraat (often mistranslated as “leprosy”) is a supra-natural plague, which also can afflict garments. If white or pink patches appear on a person’s skin (dark red or green in garments), a kohen is summoned. Judging by various signs, such as an increase in size of the afflicted area after a seven-day quarantine, the kohen pronounces it tamei (impure) or tahor (pure).

A person afflicted with tzaraat must dwell alone outside of the camp (or city) until he is healed. The afflicted area in a garment is removed; if the tzaraat spreads or recurs, the entire garment must be burned.

 
 
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Shabbat Morning Minyan
Shabbat, Apr. 13, 2019 - 10:00 am
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Bagels, Lox & Tefillin
Sunday, Apr. 14, 2019 - 8:30 am - 9:30 am
The weekly Bagels, Lox & Tefillin minyan will commence at 8.30am on Sunday Dec 3rd followed by a bagel breakfast.
Tefillin will be provided for those who need and women are also welcome.
Where: Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Apr. 15, 2019 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bagels and brain storming on the weekly Parshah and contemporary events. Weekly excluding public Holidays at Ward Hadaway Solicitors, Wellington Street.
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Sunday, Apr. 28, 2019 - 8:30 am - 9:30 am
The weekly Bagels, Lox & Tefillin minyan will commence at 8.30am on Sunday Dec 3rd followed by a bagel breakfast.
Tefillin will be provided for those who need and women are also welcome.
Where: Lubavitch Centre of Leeds
Lunch and Learn in the City Centre
Monday, Apr. 29, 2019 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Bagels and brain storming on the weekly Parshah and contemporary events. Weekly excluding public Holidays at Ward Hadaway Solicitors, Wellington Street.
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Ladies Class
Monday, Apr. 29, 2019 - 8:30 pm
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