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Parshiot Tazria/Metzora (תַזְרִיעַ מְּצֹרָע) “She conceives/leper”
Torah portion: Vayikra/Leviticus 12:1-15:33
Haphtarah (concluding portion): 2 Kings 4:42-5:19
Brit Chadasha (New Testament): Luke 7:18-35
Did you know: Tazria-Metzora are the fourth and fifth parshiot [portions] of sefer [the book of] Vayikra [Leviticus]? It is a double portion.
Science/Health: This week we will learn about mildew. Abba wants us to keep ourselves clean but He also wants our clothes and homes to be clean. Having a leprous garment or leprous home is essentially one that has mildew/mold. This week we will be studying these fungi using this link from the University of Minnesota Extension.
Bible: The savior of the world was born into a poor family. How do we know this? Well, in this week’s parsha, we read about purification after childbirth (Leviticus 12:6-8). Mary (Miriam) brought her customary sacrifice and it was indeed the one that people brought if they couldn’t afford a lamb (Luke 2:22-24).
Bible: We see in the scriptures over and over that when Yeshua is healing someone, he tells them to “go and sin no more.” This has led many theologians to research the basis of sin=sickness doctrine. The Rabbis believe that lashon hara or “an evil tongue” is a direct precursor to leprosy. So, how does sin produce sickness in the life of a believer? More specifically, how do sins of the tongue affect health? This week in our homeschool we will be discussing this principle in light of three main scriptures: Numbers 12:1-16, Acts 9:36-43, James 3:1-18. In the first example, we see Miriam suffering because of back-biting. In the second passage, we see sending folks from the room that weren’t supporting the act of raising Tabitha from the dead because they were speaking about her in a positive light but in the past tense. In the third passage, we read an admonition regarding the use of our tongues from James.