Tazria (Leviticus 12:1-13:59)


12:1     Why are these laws after the laws of Kashrut?

12:2    What does the word “conceive” imply?

           What situation are these laws talking about?

           Why is a woman impure after childbirth?

           Why is she impure twice as long if she bears a daughter than if she bears a son?

12:6   Why does the Torah use “son” and “daughter” in this verse instead of “male” and “female” as elsewhere in this chapter?

12:7   What does “he shall offer it” teach us?

           What does “and she shall become purified” imply?

12:7-8 Why is the pronoun “he” used in the offerings of a wealthy woman but “kohen” in the offerings of a poor woman?

12:8   Why is the olah-offering mentioned first?

13:2   What seven sins does the Talmud state that tzara’at is the Divine punishment for?

 What is the difference between when tzara’at infects a dwelling than when it infects an individual and why?

 Is it lashon hara to say something negative about another person even if it is true?

 What if it is not true?

 What is the one exception for lying?

          How can vanity be put to good use?

13:3   How many hairs have to turn white for the affliction to become impure?

           What does “and make him impure” mean?

           What does this verse have to do with admitting defects?

13:4   What does “then the Kohen shall close off” mean?

13:6   What does “mispachat” mean?

           Why is he impure?

13:14  What does this verse teach us?

           What does the verse have to do with a bridegroom?

           What does this verse have to do with a festival?

13:18  What does the Hebrew word “sh’chin” mean in everyday Hebrew?

           What is its precise meaning?

13:30  When is yellowish hair a sign of impurity?

13:31  What is this verse saying?

13:45  What is the literal meaning of this verse?

           What does this verse have to do with projecting our character traits on others?

           Why doesn’t the metzora pray for himself?

13:46  Why is one who suffers from tazara’at different from others that are impure?

           Outside which camp?

13:47-48 Why is linen mentioned first in these verses?

13:54  What does “that which contains the affliction” teach us?

13:55  What does this verse have to do with the Hebrew words for “affliction” or “lesion” and for “pleasure”?