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Friday, April 1

The Weekly Shtikle - Tazria

This Sunday, 2 Nissan, marks the 16th yahrtzeit of my Bubbie. This week's shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmasah, Yehudis bas Reuven Pinchas.


This coming Tuesday, 4 Nissan, marks the 4th yahrtzeit of my wife's grandmother, Rebbetzin Faigie Frankel. The shtikle is dedicated le'iluy nishmasah, Leah Feiga bas Aharon Tzvi.


We often strive to find connections between different episodes within the same parsha. It is perhaps less common to find connections from one parsha to the next. There are a number of approaches that point to this parsha as a transition from the discussion of tum'ah related to animals to that of humans.


The topic that takes up most of parshas Tazria (although it is not the initial topic) is the illness of tzara'as. Traditionally, (as per Arachin 15btzara'as afflicted someone who spoke lashon hara as it did Miriam at the end of parshas Beha'alosecha.


R' Moshe Shternbuch in Ta'am Voda'as, in the name of R' Yisrael Salanter, writes that the end of the previous parsha we are taught of the animals that are not to be eaten and the tum'ah that results when we do. While it seems that very many people are careful about what they put into their mouths, they are seemingly far less careful of what comes out. The juxtaposition of these two topics is meant to show that just as putting the wrong things in our mouths results in serious tum'ah, the same grievous consequences result when we allow the wrong things to come out.


Have a good Shabbos.

Eliezer Bulka

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