Description: The graphic description in the Torah of tzaraat, leprosy, leaves modern readers alienated and baffled. Can moral flaws truly manifest physically? Aesthetics and ethics mix in this week’s reading, where immoral behavior is seen by our rabbis as contagious. While the general public is encouraged to stay away from the leper, his outcry of “impure! impure!” can also be read as a call for help, empathy, and prayer.
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Rabbi Elhanan Miller – Pardes Faculty and Host for Pardes from Jerusalem
Rabbi Adam Titcher – Lead Consultant and Producer