Parsha Q&A - Tazria/Metzora

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Parsha Q&A

Parshas Tazria/Metzora

For the week ending 1 Iyar 5756; 19 & 20 April 1996

Contents:
  • Parsha Questions
  • Bonus Question
  • I Did Not Know That!
  • Recommended Reading List
  • Answers to Parsha Questions
  • Answer to Bonus Question
  • Back issues of Parsha Q&A
  • Subscription Information
  • Ohr Somayach Home Page

  • Parsha Questions

    Answers | Contents

    TAZRIA

    1. A woman after giving birth is tamei (has a ritual impurity). What is the status of a woman who has a miscarriage?
    2. After a woman gives birth, she is required to offer two types of Korbanos. Which are they?
    3. Who determines whether a person is a metzora tamei (person with ritually impure tzara'as) or is tahor?
    4. If the Kohen sees that the tzara'as has spread after one week, how does he rule?
    5. What disqualifies a Kohen from being able to give a ruling in a case of tzara'as?
    6. In areas of the body where collections of hair grow (e.g., the head or beard), what color hair is indicative of tumah?
    7. What signs of mourning must a metzora display?
    8. Why must a metzora call out, "Tamei! Tamei!"?
    9. Why is a metzora commanded to dwell in isolation?
    10. What must be done to a garment that has tzara'as?

    METZORA

    1. When may a metzora not be pronounced tahor?
    2. In the Midbar, where did a metzora dwell while he was tamei?
    3. Why does the metzora require birds in the purification process?
    4. In the purification process of a metzora, what does the cedar wood symbolize?
    5. In the Beis Hamikdash, when the metzora was presented "before Hashem" (14:11), where did he stand?
    6. How was having tzara'as in one's house sometimes advantageous?
    7. What happens to the vessels that are in a house which was found to have tzara'as?
    8. When a person enters a house that has tzara'as, when do his clothes become tamei?
    9. A zav sat or slept on the following: a) a bed; b) a plank; c) a chair; d) a rock. If a tahor person touches these things what is his status?
    10. What does the Torah mean when it refers to a zav who "has not washed his hands" (15:11)?

    Bonus Question
    Answer
    Contents
    During the purification process, the metzora must shave off the hair on his head, eyebrows and beard. Why?

    I Did Not Know That!

    The tzara'as mentioned in the Torah is a spiritual condition that comes to help a person atone for his sins. Leprosy, a medical condition, comes as a result of inappropriate life styles.
    Sforno


    Recommended Reading List

    TAZRIA

    Ramban
    12:2
    Procreation
    12:7
    The "Sin" of Childbirth
    13:47
    The Greatness of Tzara'as

    Sefer HaChinuch
    167
    Respect for Kedusha
    168
    A Gift of Thanks

    Sforno
    12:8
    Self Involvement
    13:47
    Garments

    METZORA

    Ramban
    14:2
    Compulsive Cleanliness
    15:11
    The Zav

    Sefer HaChinuch
    174
    Purification and Rebirth
    175
    Cleansing Waters

    Sforno
    14:12
    The Asham of the Metzora
    14:36
    The Reason for Waiting
    15:2
    The Zav

    Answers to this Week's Questions

    Questions | Contents

    All references are to the verses and Rashi's commentary, unless otherwise stated

    TAZRIA

    1. 12:2 - She is also tamei.
    2. 12:6 - An Olah and a Chatass.
    3. 13:2 - A Kohen.
    4. 13:5 - The person is tamei.
    5. 13:12 - Poor vision
    6. 13:29 - Golden.
    7. 13:45 - He must tear his garments, let his hair grow wild, and cover his lips with his garment.
    8. 13:45 - So people will know to keep away from him.
    9. 13:46 - Since tzara'as is a punishment for Lashon Harah (evil speech), which creates a rift between people, the Torah punishes mida k'neged mida (measure for measure) by placing a division between him and others.
    10. 13:52 - It must be burned.

    METZORA

    1. 14:2 - At night.
    2. 14:3 - Outside the three camps.
    3. 14:4 - Tzara'as comes as a punishment for Lashon Harah. Therefore, the Torah requires the metzora to offer birds, who chatter constantly, to atone for his sin of chattering.
    4. 14:4 - The cedar is a lofty tree. It alludes to the fact that tzara'as comes as a punishment for haughtiness.
    5. 14:11 - At the gate of Nicanor.
    6. 14:34 - The Amorites concealed treasures in the walls of their houses. After the conquest of the Land, tzara'as would afflict these houses. The Jewish owner would tear down the walls and find the treasures.
    7. 14:36 - They become tamei.
    8. 14:46 - When he remains in the house long enough to eat a small meal.
    9. 15:4-5 - Only a type of object that one usually lies or sits upon becomes a transmitter of tumah when a zav sits or lies on it. A tahor person who subsequently touches the object becomes tamei and the clothes he is wearing are also tme'im. Therefore: a) tamei; b) tahor; c) tamei; d) tahor.
    10. 15:11 - One who has not immersed in a mikveh.

    Bonus Question
    Question
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    The punishment for haughtiness, Tzarus Ayin (selfishness: literally - "narrow vision") and Lashon Harah is tzara'as. The metzora must atone for holding his head high, for looking upon his possessions with selfishness and for not guarding his speech. Thus, he must shave his head, his eyebrows and his beard.
    Kli Yakar

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