Leviticus 14:1-15:33


In this Torah portion, God describes the purification ritual for people and homes afflicted with skin diseases; God also instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the laws of the emission of bodily fluids.

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God describes the purification of people
with skin diseases.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Recipe For Purity
Hannah Graham Pressman, Hillel

Embracing the Modern Day Metzora
Rachel Farbiarz, AJWS

Sensitivity to Speech
Rabbi Jordan Cohen, KOLEL

Leper As “Other”
Lydia Bloom Medwin, AJWS

The Cursed House
Rabbi Fred Reiner, Union for Reform Judaism

Modern Untouchables
Rabbi Justin David,

From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

Is It Blasphemous to Heal People?
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Reappropriating the Taboo
Elyse Goldstein, Women of Reform Judaism

The Subtleties of One Letter
Rabbi Avraham Fischer, Orthodox Union

Making Room for the Leper
Rabbi Kerry Olitzky, Jewish Outreach Initiative


Reaching Out to the Isolated
Dvora Weisberg, CLAL

Family and Fun


Metzora for Families
Torah Topics for Today



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