Metzora – מצרע

April 9, 2022
Leviticus 14:1-15:33; 2 Kings 7:3-20; Mark 5:24-34

Portion “מצרע/Metzorah” which means “The Leper” and begins, “And יהוה spoke to Mosheh and to Aharon, saying, “Speak to the children of Yisra’ĕl, and say to them, ‘When any man has a discharge from his flesh, his discharge is unclean.’ ”

What is Tzara’at (biblical leprosy)? Ro’eh Richard explains in this week’s teaching what it is and the behaviors that cause it. Why don’t we have tzara’at in the present time like we did during the Biblical days – even though we are still behaving as badly as the people in the Israelites did in the days when the Bible was written? Ro’eh Richard challenged us to concentrate on speaking good things about one another – life into – and especially to avoid speaking maliciously. The mussar (character trait) this week is “shame.” Correctly used, shame acts as a barrier to impulsive sins.

This week our Haftorah teaching is delivered by Ro’eh Richard from 2 Kings 7:3-20, and the New Covenant E-drash is delivered by Brother Mark from Mark 5:24-34.

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