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Leviticus 15 (Vayikra) – JPS

Leviticus 15

Leviticus 15 (Vayikra) Summary

Leviticus 15 (Vayikra) deals with both normal and abnormal genital discharges from the male and female. The four main cases described here discusses the case, its consequences and the purification process for each. This topic began in chapter 12. The cases are structured from the duration and complexity of the purification process. These are the last in the list. They are the simplest and least duration.

Leviticus 15 (Vayikra) Outline

Leviticus 15 (Vayikra) can be navigated in three possible ways. (1) The traditional verse division, (2) Jewish tradition of daily reading called Torah Portions, and (3) the Literary Layout per Jacob Milgrom. Click the caret below to navigate using the Torah Portions and Literary Layout.

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Torah Portions:

  1. Fifth Reading Con’t – vv. 1-15 – Parsha Metzora
  2. Sixth Reading – vv. 16-28 – Parsha Metzora
  3. Seventh Reading – vv. 29-33 – Parsha Metzora

Literary Layout:

  1. Introduction – v. 1
  2. Abnormal Male Discharges – vv. 2-15
  3. Normal Male Discharges – vv. 16,17
  4. Marital Intercourse – v. 18
  5. Normal Female Discharges – vv. 19-24
  6. Abnormal Female Discharges – vv. 25-30
  7. Consequences for the Sanctuary and for Israel – v. 31
  8. Summary – vv. 32,33

Leviticus 15 Structure:

The outline suggested below is a simple and meaningful one.

  • A. Introduction (vv. 1-2a)
    • B. Abnormal male discharge (vv. 2b-15)
      • C. Normal male discharges (vv. 16-17)
        • X. Marital intercourse (v. 18)
      • C’. Normal female discharges (vv. 19-24)
    • B’. Abnormal female discharges (vv. 25-30)
  • [motive (v. 31)]
  • A’. Summary (vv. 32,33)

Leviticus 15 (Vayikra) English Verses

Parsha Metzora #28
~ Infected One~

FIFTH READING CON’T

→ Introduction

1 And the LORD said to Moses and Aaron,

→ Abnormal Male Discharges

2 “Say to the Israelites, ‘When any man has a bodily discharge, the discharge is unclean.
3 This uncleanness is from his discharge, whether his body allows the discharge to flow or blocks it. So his discharge will bring about uncleanness.
4 Any bed on which the man with the discharge lies will be unclean, and any furniture on which he sits will be unclean.
5 Anyone who touches his bed must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean until evening.
6 Whoever sits on furniture on which the man with the discharge was sitting must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean until evening.
7 Whoever touches the body of the man with a discharge must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean until evening.
8 If the man with the discharge spits on one who is clean, that person must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean until evening.
9 Any saddle on which the man with the discharge rides will be unclean.
10 Whoever touches anything that was under him will be unclean until evening, and whoever carries such things must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean until evening.
11 If the man with the discharge touches anyone without first rinsing his hands with water, the one who was touched must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean until evening.
12 Any clay pot that the man with the discharge touches must be broken, and any wooden utensil must be rinsed with water.
13 When the man has been cleansed from his discharge, he must count off seven days for his cleansing, wash his clothes, and bathe himself in fresh water, and he shall be clean.
14 On the eighth day he is to take two turtledoves or two young pigeons, come before the LORD at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting, and give them to the priest.
15 The priest is to sacrifice them, one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for the man before the LORD because of his discharge.

SIXTH READING

→ Normal Male Discharges

16 When a man has an emission of semen, he must bathe his whole body with water, and he will be unclean until evening.
17 Any clothing or leather on which there is an emission of semen must be washed with water, and it will remain unclean until evening.

→ Marital Intercourse

18 If a man lies with a woman and there is an emission of semen, both must bathe with water, and they will remain unclean until evening.

→ Normal Female Discharges

19 When a woman has a discharge consisting of blood from her body, she will be unclean due to her menstruation for seven days, and anyone who touches her will be unclean until evening.
20 Anything on which she lies or sits during her menstruation will be unclean,
21 and anyone who touches her bed must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean until evening.
22 Whoever touches any furniture on which she was sitting must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean until evening.
23 And whether it is a bed or furniture on which she was sitting, whoever touches it will be unclean until evening.
24 If a man lies with her and her menstrual flow touches him, he will be unclean for seven days, and any bed on which he lies will become unclean.

→ Abnormal Female Discharges

25 When a woman has a discharge of her blood for many days at a time other than her menstrual period, or if it continues beyond her period, she will be unclean all the days of her unclean discharge, just as she is during the days of her menstruation.
26 Any bed on which she lies or any furniture on which she sits during the days of her discharge will be unclean, like her bed during her menstrual period.
27 Anyone who touches these things will be unclean; he must wash his clothes and bathe with water, and he will be unclean until evening.
28 When a woman is cleansed of her discharge, she must count off seven days, and after that she will be ceremonially clean.

SEVENTH READING

29 On the eighth day she is to take two turtledoves or two young pigeons and bring them to the priest at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
30 The priest is to sacrifice one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering. In this way the priest will make atonement for her before the LORD for her unclean discharge.

→ Consequences for the Sanctuary and for Israel

31 You must keep the children of Israel separate from their uncleanness, so that they do not die by defiling My tabernacle, which is among them.

→ Summary

32 This is the law of him who has a discharge, of the man who has an emission of semen whereby he is unclean,
33 of a woman in her menstrual period, of any male or female who has a discharge, and of a man who lies with an unclean woman.’”

Leviticus 15 (Vayikra) English Verses

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WSB Links

  1. Parsha Metzora – The Parsha page containing Stats, Readings, and additional links.
  2. Sefer Vayikra- Chapter 15 – The Hebrew text for this chapter.
  3.  Leviticus/Vayikra Chapter 15 Interlinear – Coming Soon

Online Resources

  1. Bible Hub Interlinear Chapter 15

Offline Resources

Chumash

  1. The Schocken Bible: Volume 1, The Five Books of Moses | Schocken Books | Everett Fox – My Hebrew teacher, Yoel HaLevi, has stated this is the best English translation he has heard. It is a first in a three-volume series translated by rabbis for Jewish English readers.
  2. The Steinsaltz Humash | Koren Publishers | Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz – The Late Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz was renowned for his Koren Talmud. He has been called the modern Rashi.
  3. The Pentateuch & Haftorahs | The Soncino Press | Dr. J.H. Hertz – The Late Chief Rabbi of the British Empire was renowned for his writings and teachings. Many consider this a must have for any personal library. In the Preface Dr. Hertz calls this “a People’s Commentary”.
  4. The Living Torah | Maznaim Publishing | Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan – Rabbi Kaplan is well known for working with texts from Kabbalah. In the Translator’s Introduction he writes, “It (this book) is meant to be a book that can be given to a boy on the day of his Bar Mitzvah, and yet remain the subject of lifelong study.”

Commentaries

  1. Leviticus: A Book of Ritual and Ethics: Continental Commentaries| Fortress Press | Professor Joseph Milgrom – He is the leading authority on the book of Leviticus. This is the scaled down version of his three-volume work in the Archor Bible Series.
  2. The JPS Torah Commentary: Leviticus | Jewish Publication Society | Dr. Baruch A. Levine – This is a semi-scholarly work that is required reading for anyone wanting to study the book of Leviticus.
  3. Covenant & Conversation Commentary | Schocken Books | Rabbi Jonathan Sacks – The Late Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’ last published commentary on the Torah.
  4. The Parsha with Rabbi Juravel: Sefer Vayikra | MC Publications | Rabbi M. Feinzeig – Rabbi Juravel is well-known for his teachings for children. This series were created from his famous children’s teachings. In my opinion, everyone new to Jewish studies should start their studies here.

Hebrew Resources

  1. The Brown-Driver-Briggs Hebrew and English Lexicon | Hendrickson Pub. | Francis Brown – One of the most used Hebrew and English Lexicons among serious Bible students.
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