• Gabbai

Metzora – Unabashedly Contaminated

Near the end of last week’s reading, in Parshat Tazria, the verses state the following:


The Midrash writes that the purpose of his calling out tamei, tamei, is to inspire others to have mercy and pray on his behalf.

This Midrash is somewhat counter intuitive. The Torah calls upon this person to air his dirty laundry. One would expect that this would further widen the rift between this person and society. After all, he has harmed society by sowing seeds of contention. He has rocked the boat of fraternity by infusing hostility and disgust between his fellows. Now he is reminding all who see him of what he has done.

Nevertheless, this has strong psychological basis. After giving it some thought one will likely agree that we have a g