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Parsha Metzora

Parsha Metzora

Parsha Metzora מְּצֹרָע  is the twenty-eighth reading in the annual Torah cycle and the fifth in book of Leviticus (Vayikra). I have found nine ways to spell it – Metzora, Metzorah, M’tzora, Mezora, Metsora, M’tsora, Metsoro, Meṣora, or Maṣoro.

Parsha Tazria continues the discussion of tzaraat, a spiritual affliction often mistranslated as leprosy. Jacob Milgrom translates it as scale disease. This Torah portion delves into the purification process for individuals and homes afflicted with tzaraat (scale disease), as well as the rituals involved in restoring purity to those affected. Metzora also addresses the spiritual journey of the afflicted individual, emphasizing themes of repentance, introspection, and the potential for renewal and restoration.

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א וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהוָֹ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר: ב זֹ֤את תִּֽהְיֶה֙ תּוֹרַ֣ת הַמְּצֹרָ֔ע בְּי֖וֹם טָֽהֳרָת֑וֹ וְהוּבָ֖א אֶל־הַכֹּהֵֽן:

Parsha Metzora Readings

Torah: Leviticus 14:1-15:33
Halftorah: 2 Kings 7.3-20
Brit Hahagaddah: Matt 23:16-24:2, 30-31

Parsha Metzora Aliyah

First reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 14:1-12
Second reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 14:13-20
Third reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 14:21-32
Fourth reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 14:33-53
Fifth reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 14:54-15:15
Sixth reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 15:16-28
Seventh reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 15:29-33

Parsha Metzora Stats

  • Hebrew letters – 4,697
  • Hebrew words – 1,274
  • Pesukim (sentences) – 90
  • Lines in a Torah Scroll- 159
  • Double Count – 0
  • Scribal Practices – 0
  • See Hebrew text for Parshat Metzora
  • Number of Mitzvot in Parshat Metzora – 0 (11)
  • Maimonides says: 0
    • Positive – 0
    • Negative – 0
  • Sefer ha-Chinuch says: 11
    • Positive – 11
    • Negative – 0

Parsha Metzora Scriptures

A1: 14.1-12A2: 14:13-20A3: 14:21-32A4: 14:33-53A5: 14:54-15:15A6: 15:16-28A7: 15:29-33Halftorah: 2 Kings 7.3-20Brit Chadashah: Matt 23:16-24:2, 30-31

Leviticus (Vayikra) 14.1-12 (Parsha Metzora, Aliyah 1)

Lev 14:13  And he shall kill the he-lamb in the place where they kill the sin-offering and the burnt-offering, in the place of the sanctuary; for as the sin-offering is the priest’s, so is the guilt-offering; it is most holy.
Lev 14:14  And the priest shall take of the blood of the guilt-offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.
Lev 14:15  And the priest shall take of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand.
Lev 14:16  And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD.
Lev 14:17  And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the guilt-offering.
Lev 14:18  And the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put upon the head of him that is to be cleansed; and the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD.
Lev 14:19  And the priest shall offer the sin-offering, and make atonement for him that is to be cleansed because of his uncleanness; and afterward he shall kill the burnt-offering.
Lev 14:20  And the priest shall offer the burnt-offering and the meal-offering upon the altar; and the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 14.13-20 (Parsha Metzora, Aliyah 2)

Lev 14:13  And he shall kill the he-lamb in the place where they kill the sin-offering and the burnt-offering, in the place of the sanctuary; for as the sin-offering is the priest’s, so is the guilt-offering; it is most holy.
Lev 14:14  And the priest shall take of the blood of the guilt-offering, and the priest shall put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.
Lev 14:15  And the priest shall take of the log of oil, and pour it into the palm of his own left hand.
Lev 14:16  And the priest shall dip his right finger in the oil that is in his left hand, and shall sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the LORD.
Lev 14:17  And of the rest of the oil that is in his hand shall the priest put upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the blood of the guilt-offering.
Lev 14:18  And the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put upon the head of him that is to be cleansed; and the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD.
Lev 14:19  And the priest shall offer the sin-offering, and make atonement for him that is to be cleansed because of his uncleanness; and afterward he shall kill the burnt-offering.
Lev 14:20  And the priest shall offer the burnt-offering and the meal-offering upon the altar; and the priest shall make atonement for him, and he shall be clean.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 14.21-32 (Parsha Metzora, Aliyah 3)

Lev 14:21  And if he be poor, and his means suffice not, then he shall take one he-lamb for a guilt-offering to be waved, to make atonement for him, and one tenth part of an ephah of fine flour mingled with oil for a meal-offering, and a log of oil;
Lev 14:22  and two turtle-doves, or two young pigeons, such as his means suffice for; and the one shall be a sin-offering, and the other a burnt-offering.
Lev 14:23  And on the eighth day he shall bring them for his cleansing unto the priest, unto the door of the tent of meeting, before the LORD.
Lev 14:24  And the priest shall take the lamb of the guilt-offering, and the log of oil, and the priest shall wave them for a wave-offering before the LORD.
Lev 14:25  And he shall kill the lamb of the guilt-offering, and the priest shall take of the blood of the guilt-offering, and put it upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot.
Lev 14:26  And the priest shall pour of the oil into the palm of his own left hand.
Lev 14:27  And the priest shall sprinkle with his right finger some of the oil that is in his left hand seven times before the LORD.
Lev 14:28  And the priest shall put of the oil that is in his hand upon the tip of the right ear of him that is to be cleansed, and upon the thumb of his right hand, and upon the great toe of his right foot, upon the place of the blood of the guilt-offering.
Lev 14:29  And the rest of the oil that is in the priest’s hand he shall put upon the head of him that is to be cleansed, to make atonement for him before the LORD.
Lev 14:30  And he shall offer one of the turtle-doves, or of the young pigeons, such as his means suffice for;
Lev 14:31  even such as his means suffice for, the one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering, with the meal-offering; and the priest shall make atonement for him that is to be cleansed before the LORD.
Lev 14:32  This is the law of him in whom is the plague of leprosy, whose means suffice not for that which pertaineth to his cleansing.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 14.33-53 (Parsha Metzora, Aliyah 4)

Lev 14:33  And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying:
Lev 14:34  When ye are come into the land of Canaan, which I give to you for a possession, and I put the plague of leprosy in a house of the land of your possession;
Lev 14:35  then he that owneth the house shall come and tell the priest, saying: ‘There seemeth to me to be as it were a plague in the house.’
Lev 14:36  And the priest shall command that they empty the house, before the priest go in to see the plague, that all that is in the house be not made unclean; and afterward the priest shall go in to see the house.
Lev 14:37  And he shall look on the plague, and, behold, if the plague be in the walls of the house with hollow streaks, greenish or reddish, and the appearance thereof be lower than the wall;
Lev 14:38  then the priest shall go out of the house to the door of the house, and shut up the house seven days.
Lev 14:39  And the priest shall come again the seventh day, and shall look; and, behold, if the plague be spread in the walls of the house;
Lev 14:40  then the priest shall command that they take out the stones in which the plague is, and cast them into an unclean place without the city.
Lev 14:41  And he shall cause the house to be scraped within round about, and they shall pour out the mortar that they scrape off without the city into an unclean place.
Lev 14:42  And they shall take other stones, and put them in the place of those stones; and he shall take other mortar, and shall plaster the house.
Lev 14:43  And if the plague come again, and break out in the house, after that the stones have been taken out, and after the house hath been scraped, and after it is plastered;
Lev 14:44  then the priest shall come in and look; and, behold, if the plague be spread in the house, it is a malignant leprosy in the house: it is unclean.
Lev 14:45  And he shall break down the house, the stones of it, and the timber thereof, and all the mortar of the house; and he shall carry them forth out of the city into an unclean place.
Lev 14:46  Moreover he that goeth into the house all the while that it is shut up shall be unclean until the even.
Lev 14:47  And he that lieth in the house shall wash his clothes; and he that eateth in the house shall wash his clothes.
Lev 14:48  And if the priest shall come in, and look, and, behold, the plague hath not spread in the house, after the house was plastered; then the priest shall pronounce the house clean, because the plague is healed.
Lev 14:49  And he shall take to cleanse the house two birds, and cedar-wood, and scarlet, and hyssop.
Lev 14:50  And he shall kill one of the birds in an earthen vessel over running water.
Lev 14:51  And he shall take the cedar-wood, and the hyssop, and the scarlet, and the living bird, and dip them in the blood of the slain bird, and in the running water, and sprinkle the house seven times.
Lev 14:52  And he shall cleanse the house with the blood of the bird, and with the running water, and with the living bird, and with the cedar-wood, and with the hyssop, and with the scarlet.
Lev 14:53  But he shall let go the living bird out of the city into the open field; so shall he make atonement for the house; and it shall be clean.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 14.54-57 (Parsha Metzora, Aliyah 5)

Lev 14:54  This is the law for all manner of plague of leprosy, and for a scall;
Lev 14:55  and for the leprosy of a garment, and for a house;
Lev 14:56  and for a rising, and for a scab, and for a bright spot;
Lev 14:57  to teach when it is unclean, and when it is clean; this is the law of leprosy. .

Leviticus (Vayikra) 15.1-15 (Parsha Metzora, Aliyah 5)

Lev 15:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses and to Aaron, saying:
Lev 15:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them: When any man hath an issue out of his flesh, his issue is unclean.
Lev 15:3  And this shall be his uncleanness in his issue: whether his flesh run with his issue, or his flesh be stopped from his issue, it is his uncleanness.
Lev 15:4  Every bed whereon he that hath the issue lieth shall be unclean; and every thing whereon he sitteth shall be unclean.
Lev 15:5  And whosoever toucheth his bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:6  And he that sitteth on any thing whereon he that hath the issue sat shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:7  And he that toucheth the flesh of him that hath the issue shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:8  And if he that hath the issue spit upon him that is clean, then he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:9  And what saddle soever he that hath the issue rideth upon shall be unclean.
Lev 15:10  And whosoever toucheth any thing that was under him shall be unclean until the even; and he that beareth those things shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:11  And whomsoever he that hath the issue toucheth, without having rinsed his hands in water, he shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:12  And the earthen vessel, which he that hath the issue toucheth, shall be broken; and every vessel of wood shall be rinsed in water.
Lev 15:13  And when he that hath an issue is cleansed of his issue, then he shall number to himself seven days for his cleansing, and wash his clothes; and he shall bathe his flesh in running water, and shall be clean.
Lev 15:14  And on the eighth day he shall take to him two turtle-doves, or two young pigeons, and come before the LORD unto the door of the tent of meeting, and give them unto the priest.

Lev 15:15  And the priest shall offer them, the one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering; and the priest shall make atonement for him before the LORD for his issue.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 15.16-28 (Parsha Metzora, Aliyah 6)

Lev 15:16  And if the flow of seed go out from a man, then he shall bathe all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:17  And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the flow of seed, shall be washed with water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:18  The woman also with whom a man shall lie carnally, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:19  And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be in her impurity seven days; and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:20  And every thing that she lieth upon in her impurity shall be unclean; every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean.
Lev 15:21  And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:22  And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sitteth upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:23  And if he be on the bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:24  And if any man lie with her, and her impurity be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and every bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean.
Lev 15:25  And if a woman have an issue of her blood many days not in the time of her impurity, or if she have an issue beyond the time of her impurity; all the days of the issue of her uncleanness she shall be as in the days of her impurity: she is unclean.
Lev 15:26  Every bed whereon she lieth all the days of her issue shall be unto her as the bed of her impurity; and every thing whereon she sitteth shall be unclean, as the uncleanness of her impurity.
Lev 15:27  And whosoever toucheth those things shall be unclean, and shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even.
Lev 15:28  But if she be cleansed of her issue, then she shall number to herself seven days, and after that she shall be clean.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 15.29-33 (Parsha Metzora, Aliyah 7)

Lev 15:29  And on the eighth day she shall take unto her two turtle-doves, or two young pigeons, and bring them unto the priest, to the door of the tent of meeting.
Lev 15:30  And the priest shall offer the one for a sin-offering, and the other for a burnt-offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her before the LORD for the issue of her uncleanness.
Lev 15:31  Thus shall ye separate the children of Israel from their uncleanness; that they die not in their uncleanness, when they defile My tabernacle that is in the midst of them.
Lev 15:32  This is the law of him that hath an issue, and of him from whom the flow of seed goeth out, so that he is unclean thereby;
Lev 15:33  and of her that is sick with her impurity, and of them that have an issue, whether it be a man, or a woman; and of him that lieth with her that is unclean.

2 Kings 7.3-20 (Parsha Metzora, Haftarah)

2Ki 7:3  Now there were four leprous men at the entrance of the gate; and they said one to another: ‘Why sit we here until we die?
2Ki 7:4  If we say: We will enter into the city, then the famine is in the city, and we shall die there; and if we sit still here, we die also. Now therefore come, and let us fall unto the host of the Arameans; if they save us alive, we shall live; and if they kill us, we shall but die.’
2Ki 7:5  And they rose up in the twilight, to go unto the camp of the Arameans; and when they were come to the outermost part of the camp of the Arameans, behold, there was no man there.
2Ki 7:6  For the Lord had made the host of the Arameans to hear a noise of chariots, and a noise of horses, even the noise of a great host; and they said one to another: ‘Lo, the king of Israel hath hired against us the kings of the Hittites, and the kings of the Egyptians, to come upon us.’
2Ki 7:7  Wherefore they arose and fled in the twilight, and left their tents, and their horses, and their asses, even the camp as it was, and fled for their life.
2Ki 7:8  And when these lepers came to the outermost part of the camp, they went into one tent, and did eat and drink, and carried thence silver, and gold, and raiment, and went and hid it; and they came back, and entered into another tent, and carried thence also, and went and hid it.
2Ki 7:9  Then they said one to another: ‘We do not well; this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace; if we tarry till the morning light, punishment will overtake us; now therefore come, let us go and tell the king’s household.’
2Ki 7:10  So they came and called unto the porters of the city; and they told them, saying. ‘We came to the camp of the Arameans, and, behold, there was no man there, neither voice of man, but the horses tied, and the asses tied, and the tents as they were.’
2Ki 7:11  And the porters called, and they told it to the king’s household within.
2Ki 7:12  And the king arose in the night, and said unto his servants: ‘I will now tell you what the Arameans have done to us. They know that we are hungry; therefore are they gone out of the camp to hide themselves in the field, saying: When they come out of the city, we shall take them alive, and get into the city.’
2Ki 7:13  And one of his servants answered and said: ‘Let some take, I pray thee, five of the horses that remain, which are left in the city – behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are left in it; behold, they are as all the multitude of Israel that are consumed – and let us send and see.’
2Ki 7:14  They took therefore two chariots with horses; and the king sent after the host of the Arameans, saying: ‘Go and see.’
2Ki 7:15  And they went after them unto the Jordan; and, lo, all the way was full of garments and vessels, which the Arameans had cast away in their haste. And the messengers returned, and told the king.
2Ki 7:16  And the people went out, and spoiled the camp of the Arameans. So a measure of fine flour was sold for a shekel, and two measures of barley for a shekel, according to the word of the LORD.
2Ki 7:17  And the king appointed the captain on whose hand he leaned to have the charge of the gate; and the people trod upon him in the gate, and he died as the man of God had said, who spoke when the king came down to him.
2Ki 7:18  And it came to pass, as the man of God had spoken to the king, saying: ‘Two measures of barley for a shekel, and a measure of fine flour for a shekel, shall be to-morrow about this time in the gate of Samaria’;
2Ki 7:19  and that captain answered the man of God, and said: ‘Now, behold, if the LORD should make windows in heaven, might such a thing be?’ and he said: ‘Behold, thou shalt see it with thine eyes, but shalt not eat thereof’;
2Ki 7:20  it came to pass even so unto him; for the people trod upon him in the gate, and he died.

Matt 23:16-39 (Parsha Metzora, Renewed Covenant)

Mat 23:16  Woe unto you, ye blind guides, which say, Whosoever shall swear by the temple, it is nothing; but whosoever shall swear by the gold of the temple, he is a debtor!
Mat 23:17  Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gold, or the temple that sanctifieth the gold?
Mat 23:18  And, Whosoever shall swear by the altar, it is nothing; but whosoever sweareth by the gift that is upon it, he is guilty.
Mat 23:19  Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift?
Mat 23:20  Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon.
Mat 23:21  And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein.
Mat 23:22  And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon.
Mat 23:23  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Mat 23:24  Ye blind guides, which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.
Mat 23:25  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.
Mat 23:26  Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.
Mat 23:27  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.
Mat 23:28  Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
Mat 23:29  Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,
Mat 23:30  And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.
Mat 23:31  Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets.
Mat 23:32  Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers.
Mat 23:33  Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?
Mat 23:34  Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
Mat 23:35  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Mat 23:36  Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.

Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
Mat 23:38  Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.
Mat 23:39  For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.

Matt 24:2, 30-31 (Parsha Metzora, Renewed Covenant)
Mat 24:2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

Mat 24:30  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Mat 24:31  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

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  • Vayikra – 24th Parsha – Le. 1.1 – 5.26
  • Tsav – 25th Parsha – Le. 6.1 – 8.36
  • Shemini – 26th Parsha – Le. 9.1 – 11.47
  • Tazria – 27th Parsha – Le. 12.1 – 13.59
  • Metzora – 28th Parsha – Le. 14.1 – 15.33
  • Acharei Mot – 29th Parsha – Le. 16.1 – 18.30
  • Kedoshim – 30th Parsha – Le. 19.1 – 20.27
  • Emor – 31st Parsha – Le. 21.1 – 24.23
  • Behar – 32nd Parsha – Le. 25.1 – 26.2
  • Bechukotai – 33rd Parsha – Le. 26.3 – 27.34
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