Torah Pearls #27 – Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59)

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This episode of The Original Torah Pearls is on the Torah portion of Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59).What is the meaning of the term, 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.

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10 thoughts on “Torah Pearls #27 – Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59)

  1. I love what you said about Woman being a higher form of life because of her partnership with the Creator in the formation of new life. It counters beautifully against those who teach that women are supposed to be nothing more than servants to their husbands (which is pretty common in certain circles). I’d like to tell my girls about it, but I’m worried that they might take it to mean that they are superior to men. How do I balance it?

  2. Shalom!
    In reference to today’s Torah portion, Tazria, I had a thought about Leviticus 12:6. Could it be possible the reason a woman had to bring a sin offering after the time of her purification from childbirth be because she gave birth to sin? Children are a blessing, for sure, but everyone after Adam and Havah are born with a sin nature from which redemption/atonement is required. Scripture is clear that each individual person must bear their own sin so her offering was not to atone for the sin of the child, but for the fact that she had birthed sin into the world through the child. Just a thought.

  3. Could this factor into the 33 days for a boy and 66 for a girl?

    1Tim. 2:15 But women will be preserved through the bearing of children if they continue in faith and love and sanctity with self-restraint.

  4. It is so awesome to have 3 different inputs, awesome teaching from the 3 gentlemen, it’s so great to see that they can joke with one another, and in yet be serious. Bless You for that awesome teaching.

  5. I think something that has been overlooked is the bonding time that in the last 20/30 years we have heard from Child Development experts as being essential and crucial in mother/father/child relationship. The mother has just been through a trauma of sorts to her body and her body/hormones need time to adjust and regain balance. During this time there is also this crucial process between mother and child and the bonding that cannot easily be regained if missed out in, in the first weeks of a childs life. We also know that post-partum depression/the blues happens in all women after giving birth and it has been the norm in many cultures to give a woman a period of complete rest after childbirth to regain strength and what betterway than to be left free of all other cares to nurture her child and bond with it including too with the father. We our His creaton and He above all knows our needs. Sometimes we don’t understand the why’s of His commandments but in then in terms of coming to know scientifcally and biologically how our bodies and nature around us functions, it makes so much sense.

  6. Dear Nehemia, Keith and Jono – thank you so much for the wholesome, regular and witty input. It helps me understand the instructions of the Torah with the ears of the people who first heard them!
    I am a midwife, so the subject of childbirth and what Abba has to say about the weeks afterwards are particularly interesting for me. I couldn’t help noticing that you, Nehemia, weren’t sure when Abba would allow a husband to sleep with his wife after she has given birth. Maybe I can contribute a little piece of information: the “flow”, as you so politely call it, lasts for approx. 4 weeks after birth, so I’m guessing YHVH wouldn’t be pleased with a husband coming near his wife during that time! And I can tell you from experience with the women I care for that neither would she!!! … Just a thought! May YHVH bless you.

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