Parashah Roundup: Tazria-Metzora 5770

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by Steve Brizel (adapted from last year’s, due to continuing computer problems)

Mothers and Childbirth

  • R. Shmuel Goldin explores whether giving birth is a simcha or a sin: link
  • R. Issac Bernstein z”l and R. Shlomo Riskin explains why a mother offers a Korban Olah and a Korban Chataas, but not a Korban Todah: link 1, link 2
  • R. Asher Brander delves into the question why Tummas Leidah is doubled from seven days to 14 following the birth of a daughter: link

  • Bris Milah

  • R. Jonathan Sacks explains why Bris Milah is the sign of the covenant: link
  • Insights into Tumah and Taharah

  • R. Ezra Bick provides an overview of Tumaah and Taharah: link
  • R. Aharon Lichtenstein explains how the Halachos of Tumaah and Taharah differ from the magical and scientific approaches to purity and impurity: link
  • R. Michael Rosensweig illustrates how the Halachos of Tzaraas are rehabilitative in nature: link
  • R. Yonasan Sacks explores the relationship between the Halachos of a Metzorah and an Avel: link
  • R. Dovid Horwitz, based upon the teachings of R Chaim Shmuelevitz, ZTL explores the connection between a poor man, a leper, a blind person and a childless person as stated in Nedarim 64b: link
  • R. Yitzchak Etshalom explores the sequencing of the Halachos in both Parshiyos and their relationship to contemporary Jewish issues revolving around Jewish statehood: link
  • R. Berel Wein suggests that Tumaah and Taharah are concepts that have much significance to contemporary society and mores: link
  • R. Yissocher Frand, based upon the Tefilah of Rav mentioned in Brachos 16b-17a, as explained by R Nisson Alpert, z”l, explains why the efficacy of our Tefilos is dependent on clean speech: link
  • R. Baruch Simon explores the hashkafic implications of why a spread of Tzoraas is Tahor: link (audio)
  • Halachic and Hashkafic Aspects of Lashon Hara

  • R. Dovid Gottlieb discusses Halachic and Hashkafic aspects of Lashon Hara: link (audio)
  • Roundups from 2 years ago: Tazria, Metzora

    About Gil Student

    Rabbi Gil Student is the Editor of, a leading website on Orthodox Jewish scholarly subjects, and the Book Editor of the Orthodox Union’s Jewish Action magazine. He writes a popular column on issues of Jewish law and thought featured in newspapers and magazines, including The Jewish Link, The Jewish Echo and The Vues. In the past, he has served as the President of the small Jewish publisher Yashar Books and as the Managing Editor of OU Press. Rabbi Student currently is serving his third term on the Executive Committee of the Rabbinical Council of America and also serves as the Director of the Halacha Commission of the Rabbinical Alliance of America. He serves on the Editorial Board of Jewish Action magazineand the Board of OU Press. He has published four English books, the most recent titled Search Engine volume 2: Finding Meaning in Jewish Texts -- Jewish Leadership, and served as the American editor for Morasha Kehillat Yaakov: Essays in Honour of Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks.

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