These two portions (one of three double portions this month) teach the Torah laws of how to treat those who are sick with socially fearful illnesses. We learn of compassion for the suffering and the natural fears that affect the healthy. You might think of the times you have been sick and how lonely it can feel. Think of one thing you might do this week to reach out to someone who is alone, recently divorced, ill, or recently experienced the death of a loved one and remind them that who they are matters regardless of the specific circumstances of their lives.
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