Tazria (Audio Portion)
Seems every few years the news media panics over the next infectious disease outbreak. Ebola, Sars, Bird flu, Mad cow, the list seems endless. Now imagine being back 35 centuries ago and having a disease that isolated you from all society and made it impossible for you to participate in any Temple occasion or feast. And now imagine, but for a miracle, there is no cure. What would you do? If you were an Israelite the answer is, as Y’shua said, “Go and show yourselves to the priests”. Find out how what ancient Israel did to halt the spread of infectious disease is still being practiced today. What the Torah said then has become part and parcel to our own debates on government and healthcare in our own time, but also a powerful moral metaphor for our times, as leprosy can relate to what Messiah did for us, to being unclean spiritually and even to evil speech. There’s more going on under the veil than what you may think!