Combined Parshiyot: Tazria / Metzora

We read two Torah portions this week so we can get through the entire Torah by the end of the year

Tazria (She Conceives), Leviticus 12:1-13:59
This parshah speaks of ritual purity and offerings made in various medical situations: a woman after childbirth and a skin condition called tzara'at (often translated as leprosy, but it is clearly something else as it also affects clothes and buildings). It discusses the temporary period of ritual impurity, the offerings made and the treatment of tzara'at. The commandment of circumcision also appears in this portion.

Metzora (Diseased), Leviticus 14:1-15:33
The name of this parshah is related to the word tzara'at, a condition often mistranslated as leprosy. The parshah continues the discussion of tzara'at, verifying that the condition has been resolved and specifying the offerings to be made at that time and the procedures to follow. It also discusses the contamination of a house with tzara'at. It also discusses a man's ritual impurity caused by semen leakage and a woman's ritual impurity caused by menstruation.

The haftarah is for Metzora, II Kings 7:3-7:20. This haftarah tells the story of four men suffering from tzara'at, reminding us of the Torah portion that speaks of treatment of that condition.