Parshas Metzora

Parshas Metzora discusses the purification process for the metzora. A metzora was a person inflicted with tzara’as – a skin or hair abnormality caused by certain spiritual illnesses.

After the Kohen declares him to be pure, the metzora completes a ritual procedure using two birds, spring water in an earthen vessel, cedar wood, a scarlet thread and a bundle of hyssop. He is then allowed to enter the camp, but he must dwell outside of his tent for seven days. His impurity is now only contagious through direct contact, being considered a primary source of uncleanliness. Before entering the camp, the metzora’s entire body is shaved. After a seven-day wait, the person is shaved a second time, and on the eighth day brings three animals and an oil offering to the Temple. With this, the purification process is completed. The Torah offers an alternative for one who lacks the finances to participate in the prescribed offerings. The laws dealing with blemishes that appear on a house are detailed. The parsha concludes with other forms of contamination and their appropriate purification processes.