Shabbat Parashat Tazria-Metsora| 5767
Tazria | | 1/1/2006
One of the proofs that we treat tzara’at (most closely translated, leprosy) as a spiritual, not natural, disease is the fact that only a kohen maydetermine that one has been afflicted. Our second parasha begins with the purification process from tzara’at, which also centers on the kohen. Commentaries are bothered by an apparent contradiction between the p’sukim. First it says that the metzora (leper) is brought to the kohen (Vayikra 14:2). Yet, the Torah continues that “the kohen goes outside the encampment” to check the metzora (ibid.:3). Who goes to whom?
Case: A va’ad bayit (residents’ council of an apartment building) put up a notice asking residents to remove property found in joint areas of the building and warning that what is not removed will be discarded. After the sign was conspicuously displayed for a long time, removal began. Some residents asked for a delay in discarding their property, which was granted. However, the property of those who did not request was thrown into the garbage, prompting one resident to sue for damages.
With joy and trembling we usher in this day as every year, only this year there is special cause for both joy and trembling. There were years when there was a feeling that we could celebrate Yom Ha’atzmaut as those who had reached “the rest and the inheritance” (see Devarim 12:9). In other words, by inheriting the Land, we had come to rest. This year, though, our true standing in the hostile world was uncovered.
A weekly divrei Torah leaflet: A Glimpse at the Parasha, Ask the Rabbi, From the writings of Harav Avraham Yitzchak Hakohen Kook, zt”l, Pninat Mishpat (Jewish Monetary Law).