Bissel to Nibble #14

A Short Shabbat Reflection from the Weekly Parsha by Rabbi Mark

*Bissel: (bis-sel) Yiddish.  Meaning: “a little.” “Give me a bissel lox on my bagel, would you, darling?” A biselleh is even less. (www.bubbygram.com)
Served each Friday afternoon, noonish.

Parshat Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12-15:33)
Pile of stones in the Bolivian DesertThis week’s parsha is a bit icky, as we are invited, along with Aaron, the priest, to enter into the biblical examining room.  There, we get a close look, as tzara’at, attaches to skin, clothing and homes.  It requires a specific cleansing ritual, as well as isolation.  After priestly diagnosis of infection, a person is separated from the group, clothes are separated from touching anything, and the stones of a house are separated and put outside the city.   Through an intricate purification process, cleansing can happen.

REFLECTION QUESTIONS:

  • What can we learn from this ancient process?
  • Beyond protection from being contagious, what role might separation play in this ritual?
  • What causes us to feel separated from ourselves, our community, our society and our homes?

Shabbat Shalom
Rabbi Mark Melamut

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One Response to Bissel to Nibble #14

  1. ccsfsuppport says:

    From time to time, I get rejuvenated by separating myself from everyone — it can be a bike ride, a walk by myself or with the dog, or just sitting quiegtly in a room with no one there. Perhaps the cleansing process of a physical problem also cleanses at an emotional/spiritual level when one is separated from a community. Certainly, one might think about how the community matters and the role/value of the community when one is separated from it.
    Connecting to the lifeforce story you shared on Friday evening —- when I feel the need to separate myself and go off to be alone, it is both rejuvenating and reaffirming of my lifeforce as an individual, not just a person in a family or group.

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