A Modern Day Tzaraas
In every other portion – I have tried to relate or link what is written with what is either going on now or at least a modern interpretation and lesson that I can take away – but for some reason not this week.
Maybe that is the point – what is the modern day equivalent of this skin, hair, clothing and other material affliction. Was this only relevant when the shechinah was with the children of Israel, did this continue when they entered the land of Israel, what about during the first and second temples.
We read about how it is caused, what the identification process is and who, specifically is qualified to diagnose, so to speak and of course what the remedy is. But is it not true that all those reasons are still apparent today – yet do we still have cases of tzaraas and no not the misinterpretation of leprosy. When in fact was the last reported case?
I have read a number of very interesting interpretations of what is actually means, signifies and parallels too – but before I am even able to delve further into these – I am still stuck at the gates, and I am asking for help and guidance.
It seems to me that the sins mentioned in the commentaries are as prevalent as at any other time – so why is there no physical manifestation or Devine retribution and what if anything do we read into this about our generation. Have we sunk so low and so far from our source that there is no point even looking to punish people in this way.
The last section of the last sentence of the portion – This is the law … to declare it pure or to declare it contaminated.
The commentators explain that this is to juxtapose Torah with tzaraas – if someone has earned the punishment of tzaraas, he should occupy himself with Torah. The person who studies Torah absorbs the potential for purity but the one who neglects it opens the door to impurity.
I know that there are great people in this generation who are learned Torah scholars – has our generation not earned the rite to have tzaraas and what it is that we need to be doing – to qualify
All comments welcomed please. Thank you and Shabbat Shalom – J
Tzaaras is a physical affliction that comes about due to the spiritual impurity of the soul. It is caused by Loshon Hara (evil speech). Why does a person becomes afflicted physically due to that which he did verbally (read: spiritually). Does that really seem fair?