Parshat Tazria

If the Torah portion, Parshat Shmini, comes to tell us that we are what we eat, then Parshat Tazria tells us that our fate will follow what comes out of our mouth.

Nega Tzarat, the spiritual affliction described in this week’s Torah reading affects people guilty of evil-speech, slander and conceit.

Words intended to isolate and repudiate others cause the bearer of those words to find themselves isolated and ostracised.

About the Author
Rabbi Chaim Richman is the director of the international department of the Temple Institute in Jerusalem. For over three decades the Temple Institute has been dedicated to every aspect of the Biblical commandment to build the Holy Temple. Through its research and educational programming, the Institute seeks to highlight the universal significance of the Holy Temple as a house of peace and prayer for all nations.
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