The Wisdom of Others
Parashat Tazria

Dena Weiss

Certain types of discoloration and growths on a person or their property can signify the presence of tzara’at, the mysterious affliction discussed at the end of Parashat Tazria.  The process for arriving at a diagnosis of tzara’at is also discussed in the parashah.  This diagnosis must be arrived at carefully; tzara’at is considered to be a very serious condition and the person who has it must be cast out of the camp, and let back in only after a complex purification ritual.  The Kohen is not only critical to the ritual that enables re-integration, he also must be involved in making the initial diagnosis. Attending to the details of how one is declared afflicted with tzara’at, especially the involvement of the Kohen, can give us insight into how to go about making significant decisions for ourselves, and perhaps more crucially, for others.  

The Wisdom of Others
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