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Shabbat Tazria-Metzorah (Lev. 12:1-15:33)

Courtesy of Julie Seltzer and MyJewishLearning.com

Tazria begins the discussion of situations where people, places or things are “unclean” or “impure” – which may or may not be as negative as it sounds.

However, the very first thing in Tazria (“When she gives birth”) is babies. After a woman gives birth, she is considered impure for a certain number of days (different for a boy versus a girl). Is this a good thing or a bad thing? Could it be a liturgical showcase of every mother’s efforts? A guaranteed “hands off” space to prevent horny husbands from jumping back on the bandwagon too soon? A way of ensuring that every mother has a chance to bond with each child, free from interruption or interference of the outside world? Or could it be recrimination for vows and oaths a mother in childbirth is likely to say but not necessarily mean (or even remember) afterward?

Regardless, this is where we want to start the discussion – thinking about that very basic natural event.

Limited only by your creativity and the category of food assigned, please bring something you consider to be “baby food”.


Not sure what this Torah portion is about? You can find a brief summary in The Edible Torah’s “Condensed Guide to the Weekly Torah Readings”. For more information on what The Edible Torah is all about, along with insight on how to set up a pot-luck Shabbat experience, check out “The Edible Torah”.

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