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Tazria-Metzora: The Process of Purity


It is probably fair to say that Judaism seems slightly preoccupied with purity. We have innumerable laws governing various types of purity and impurity, and much of Jewish life, particularly for women in this day and age, revolves around one’s status on the purity-impurity continuum. Both Tazria and Metzora discuss some examples of the deeds, events, or encounters that render one impure, such as a woman’s status following childbirth, the Mitzvah of Bris Milah on the eighth day after a baby boy is born, and the case of the Metzora, an individual who is stricken with Tzoraas and must be exiled from the camp for seven days. Our Parshios also then discuss the subsequent purification processes involved for each of these situations.