S.T.A.R. News & Events
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May 9th, 2012
S.T.A.R. Community Lag B’Omer Extravaganza at the Santa Monica Pier May 9th, 2012.
Come and join thousands of Jews from all kinds of background on the happiest time of the year.
Shabbat Ends: 8:19pm
So Far Away
“The kohen shall look, and behold! The affliction has covered his entire flesh, then he will declare the affliction to be pure.” (13:13)
Tzara’at, frequently mistranslated as leprosy, was a disease caused by spiritual defects, such as speaking lashon hara (slander). (Nowadays we are on such a low level spiritually that our bodies do not reflect the state of our spiritual health in this way.)
The verse here is puzzling for if “the affliction has covered the entire flesh” of the person that must mean that he is far from pure, and yet the Torah tells us that the kohen shall “declare the afflictionpure“. How can he be pure if the affliction covers his whole body?
The answer is that he is so far from being cured, having ignored all the warnings to do teshuva(repent), that the disease ceases to perform any further purpose. Thus the Torah specifically says not that the kohen shall declare him pure; rather that “the affliction is pure”. He, on the other hand, is as far from purity as is possible.
- Based on the Ha’emek Davar and Rabbi S. R. Hirsch
Rabbi M. Weiss Rabbi Y. Sakhai
Em Habanim Congregation
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