Torah Portion Metzora: Lev 14:1 – 15:33
Summary of Metzora:
After the leper is cleansed, there are various sacrificial rituals
performed with birds. The former
leper shaves off all his body hair and bathes in water, then sacrifices a lamb for
a burnt offering and a mincha (meal or grain) offering.
If he can’t afford the lamb, there are other sacrifices that he can
make. There is a possibility that in
the Promised Land, houses may have leprous afflictions.
There are instructions on how to handle them, including scraping the
bricks, removing those that can’t be cleaned, and replastering the house to
await the return of “leprosy.” Various
sacrifices are performed afterwards. The
portion ends with uncleanliness connected to a man’s nocturnal emissions or a
woman’s menstrual flow.