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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

Metzora in Manuscript: The day of his cleansing

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The opening of the portion of Metzora states:

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: This shall be the law of the Metzora - person afflicted with tzara'at, on the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the kohen. The kohen shall go outside the camp, and the kohen shall look, and behold, the lesion of tzara'at has healed in the afflicted person. Then the kohen shall order, and the person to be cleansed shall take two live, clean birds, a cedar stick, a strip of crimson [wool], and hyssop. The kohen shall order, and one shall slaughter the one bird into an earthenware vessel, over spring water. [As for] the live bird, he shall take it, and then the cedar stick, the strip of crimson [wool], and the hyssop, and, along with the… Read More »

Metzora in Manuscript: Why two names?

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The opening of the portion of metzora states:

 

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: This shall be the law of the metzora - person afflicted with tzara'ath, on the day of his cleansing: He shall be brought to the kohen. The kohen shall go outside the camp, and the kohen shall look, and behold, the lesion of tzara'ath has healed in the afflicted person. Then the kohen shall order, and the person to be cleansed shall take two live, clean birds, a cedar stick, a strip of crimson [wool], and hyssop. The kohen shall order, and one shall slaughter the one bird into an earthenware vessel, over spring water. [As for] the live bird, he shall take it, and then the cedar stick, the strip of… Read More »

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