• Aharey Mot (Leviticus 16:1-18:30)

    One of the most intriguing aspects of this Torah portion is the story of the "scapegoat" that Aaron the High Priest selected each Yom Kippur upon which he symbolically paced all the sins of the community. He then sent the goat out into the wilderness to carry the sins of the people way. Most of us would love to find a "scapegoat" of our own whenever we recognize that we haven't lived up to our own highest expectations of ourselves.

  • Metzora (Leviticus 14:1-15:33)

    Although this portion generally refers to physical diseases and the role of the priests in bringing spiritual healing to the afflicted, the Torah tells us to recognize when there "seems to be as it were a plague in the house." Think about the various ways we act with each other that brings "a plague as it were" upon your own house and resolve to redirect your emotions and behavior in the week ahead in a more healing direction.

  • Tazri’a (Leviticus 12:1-13:39)

    This portion teaches the Torah laws of how to treat those who are sick with socially fearful illness. 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.

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