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? An uplifting of a mother’s efforts or recrimination for being messy?
In either case, this is where we want to start the discussion – thinking about that very basic natural event.
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