Leviticus 12:1-13:59


In this Torah portion, God instructs Moses about the purification rituals for mothers following childbirth. God then describes to Moses and Aaron the procedures for identifying and responding to those infected with leprosy.

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God describes rituals for mothers following childbirth.


Text Studies

Social Action and Environmentalism

Clean Up Your Act
Rabbi Andrea Steinberger,

A Gay Perspective on Punishment & Disease
Rabbi Roderick Young, socialaction.com

Judging Ourselves & Others
Rabbi Neal Loevinger, KOLEL

Better Than God?
Rabbi David Goldstein, Union for Reform Judaism


From the Denominations

Pluralism and Outreach

The Leprosy of Irresponsible Speech
Rabbi Bradley Artson, American Jewish Unversity

Reinterpreting the Mikveh
Rabbi Pauline Bebe, Women of Reform Judaism

Life, Death, & Impurity
Rabbi Lauren Eichler Berkun, JTS

Cycles of Life, Death & Purification
Simon Kaminetsky, UJA-Federation of New York

Parental Sacrifice
Rabbi Joseph Ozarowski, Orthodox Union

Recognizing God’s Presence
David Margolis, CLAL


Family and Fun

Parashat Tazria for Families
Torah Topics for Today


The Power of Words
Torah Topics for Today


How to Use Your Most Powerful Weapon
Torah Topics for Today


Parashat Tazria Quiz
Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


Parashat Tazria Challah
Julie Seltzer



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