Torah E-Thought: Skin Deep

This Week at Chabad Lubavitch Leeds

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Message from the Rabbi
Dear Friend,

Preparations are underway for Pesach! Next Sunday is our pre Pesach Torah Tots, bookings are online here.

Selling our chametz is an easy mitzvah! You can already sell your chametz online here.

As always, Chabad Lubavitch Leeds will be supporting families and individuals with Pesach costs. As we begin our own preparations for Pesach, there are those who are wondering how they will manage. Our Pesach Fund is already open and you can support it here.

Masks are no longer compulsory in indoor settings, but if you prefer, feel free to wear them at the Chabad Lubavitch Centre during services and classes.

You can nominate someone (or yourself) for a Shabbat Pack at

Wishing you a Good Shabbos,

Rabbi Eli Pink
Director of Education
Chabad Lubavitch Leeds


Tzara’as would afflict a person gradually. First it would appear on the walls of one’s house, then on one’s clothes and then finally on the skin. Its appearance was similar to that of leprosy, but it differed in a number of important ways, notably that tzara’as would appear when a person had been guilty of slanderous talk and disappear when they regretted their actions. Tzara’as would only be diagnosed if the skin or the hair turned certain colours.

Being a spiritual disease, tzara’as would be treated by the Kohanim and not the doctors and no cases of tzara’as have been diagnosed for thousands of years. Why does tzara’as not occur nowadays?

Most of this week’s parshah and the next are dedicated to the laws of tzara’as. What constitutes a genuine infection, what should be done in cases of doubt and how to treat the disease. The Torah’s discussion of the laws of tzaraas is introduced with the verse ‘Odom ki yiyeh be’or besoro – if a man has on the skin of his body.’ Throughout the Torah and Scriptures we find the Jewish people being referred to by four different terms – odom, ish, gever, enosh – all of which translate into ‘man.’ The classic kabbalistic text, the Zohar explains that the highest level is Odom, denoting one who is ‘adameh l’elyon – comparable to the One above.’ It is therefore interesting that it is particularly the ‘odom’ who the Torah talks about being afflicted with tzara’as.

Tzara’as is a superficial affliction of the skin that was a sign from above. It indicated that the victim was in a healthy spiritual state internally and he has merely erred in a superficial manner, by speaking in ways not befitting. As soon as he regretted his ways, he quickly regained his status of Odom.

Nowadays unfortunately we are no longer on the level of Odom. We are on the same spiritual state internally as in the times when the Temple stood in Jerusalem. We do not require a miraculous sign that something is wrong superficially since unfortunately we have internal problems that need to be addressed first in our relationship with G-d.

With Pesach just around the corner, we have an opportunity to get rid of the old and bring in the new. The Hebrew term for Egypt is ‘mitzrayim’ – limitations. By leaving behind our limitations, we can reassess our relationship with G-d and start a meaningful commitment to Torah and mitzvot.

Torah Tots Pesach Event!

Upcoming Events
JMT Friday Night Dinner
Friday, Apr. 1, 2022 - 7:00 pm
Candle Lighting and Friday Night Service
Friday, Apr. 1, 2022 - 7:24 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, Apr. 2, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, Apr. 2, 2022 - 10:00 am
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Apr. 4, 2022 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Hebrew Cool Club
Tuesday, Apr. 5, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Hebrew Cool Club
Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2022 - 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Candle Lighting and Friday Night Service
Friday, Apr. 8, 2022 - 7:30 pm
Chassidus and Cake
Shabbat, Apr. 9, 2022 - 9:30 am
Shabbat Service
Shabbat, Apr. 9, 2022 - 10:00 am
Torah Tots Pesach Event
Sunday, Apr. 10, 2022 - 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Apr. 11, 2022 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
More Info »
Candle Lighting and Friday Night Service
Friday, Apr. 15, 2022 - 7:30 pm
Candle Lighting and Friday Night Service
Friday, Apr. 22, 2022 - 7:30 pm
Lunch and Learn
Monday, Apr. 25, 2022 - 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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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 can afflict people as well as garments or homes. 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 or home must be removed; if the tzaraat recurs, the entire garment or home must be destroyed.


Artwork by Sarah Kranz.

Parshat Hachodesh

This being the Shabbat that falls on or before the first of Nissan, we also read the section of Hachodesh (Exodus 12:1–20), which relates G‑d’s words to Moses in Egypt two weeks before the Exodus, instructing us to set the Jewish calendar by the monthly new moon, and to regard Nissan as the “head of months.” G‑d also instructs to bring the Passover offering, to eat it with matzah and bitter herbs, and to abstain from leaven for seven days.