In this episode of The Original Torah Pearls, Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59), we talk about the meaning of tazria, do women “produce seed”, why is there a difference in the time of uncleanness concerning the birth of a boy versus a girl, and is it a sin to be unclean. Also in this program, regarding leprosy, the stories of Miriam and Naaman. Continue reading
This week, Nehemia Gordon and Keith Johnson discuss the Prophets portion of Metzora covering 2 Kings 7:3-20. The duo strongly connects aspects of this ancient prophecy and its unimaginable fulfillment to 21st century headlines. The names of the cities and rulers have changed, but the themes of social justice, economic theory and crowd control read current. Adding to the hot-off-the-press feel is the fact that the major players (the lepers, the Arameans, and the king) were all just conjecturing. Only the prophet, the one paying closest attention to God, knew what was happening. In addition, Gordon sheds light on the physical and spiritual aspects of leprosy (tsara'at), the value of barley as a commodity, and the nuances of call/proclaim/qara. Gordon closes with a prayer for hearts to accept the word of God—even when its fulfillment is beyond our imaginations.
"Then they said to one another, "We are not doing right. This day is a day of good news, and we remain silent." 2 Kings 7:9
This episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33). In this program we wrap up the subject of leprosy and summarize the laws regarding bodily discharges. While we did attempt to abide by our G rating, a more detailed explanation of the topic of Niddah from Leviticus 15 with Nehemia can be found by clicking here. Continue reading