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)
This 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.
- 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?
Rabbi Mark Melamut