Shabbat Shalom 26 Adar II 5774

The parsha is Tazria- the one haftorah all aspiring b’nai and bar mitzvah youth hope not to be assigned . Universally feared by Hebrew school students, it covers cleanliness rules, including menstruation, eruptive plagues, scabs, skin disease and, by far, the very worst biblical phrase “running issue”.

G-dcast describes Tazria as, “possibly the grossest parsha in the entire Torah, full of scaly skin, sprouting sores and breakouts of Biblical proportions.” Oy, is it ever chock full of hygiene tips and warnings, disguised as  “statutes” /chukim and /or “ordinances”/mishpatim.

Translated as “she conceives”, Tazria covers Leviticus 12:1-13:59. There’s been debate as to the commandments in Tazria.  Mainonides stated that there are 3 positive and 1 negative, (one including circumcision on the 8th day) while the Sefer ha-chunich finds there to be 5 that are positive and 2 that are negative.

Rest assured, there is remedy in Tazria! An ancient purification ritual is explained that requires apair of turtledoves, some hysop, an earthenware vessel, some scarlet thread, and ….

Let us know how it works for you. In the meantime, you can study Torah and see what is available over the counter.

Translations, via JTS http://learn.jtsa.edu/content/translations/tazri-metzora/torah-portion/tazri

Commentary can be found at the following sources:

Rabbi Ted Falcon:http://www.rabbitedfalcon.com/weekly-focus/

Aish: http://www.aish.com/tp/

Union of Reformed Judaismhttp://www.reformjudaism.org/womens-sacrifice-women%E2%80%99s-tractate

Candle lighting time for South Whidbey is 7:17 courtesy of Hebcal.com

Funding for Whidbey Island Jewish Community was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Special Initiatives Fund of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle.

Passover begins on April 14th. For over a decade, WIJC has hosted a community Passover Seder. Just as described, community seders are held by the community. WIJC has reserved the Unitarian Universalist Hall in Freeland for the evening of April 17th.  We need some more folks willing to pitch in to work on a team to host. If you’re able to volunteer to help set up the hall, arrange a sign up list for ritual items, stay to help clean up, or prepare a dish for the event, leave comment and contact or send an email to wijc@whidbey.com

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s