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Parsha Tazria

Parsha Tazria

Parsha Tazria תַזְרִיעַ is the twenty-seventh reading in the annual Torah cycle and the fourth in Leviticus (Vayikra). There are five ways to spell it – (1) Tazria, (2) Thazria, (3) Thazri’a, (4) Sazria, or (5) Ki Tazria‘.

Parsha Tazira discusses the ritual purity and impurity specifically concerning childbirth and skin afflictions. It begins with the purification process for a woman after birthing a child. Then it describes skin afflictions, tzaraat (leprosy). Finally, it discusses the procedures for diagnosis, isolation, purification, and offerings associated with these conditions.

Below are verses one and two of Leviticus 12 in Hebrew. Counting the hyphenated words as two words, Tazira is the thirteenth word indicated in red. Tazira means “to produce seed“.  Tazira derives from the root verb zara which means sow or scatter seed.

א וַיְדַבֵּ֥ר יְהוָֹ֖ה אֶל־מֹשֶׁ֥ה לֵּאמֹֽר:
ב דַּבֵּ֞ר אֶל־בְּנֵ֤י יִשְׂרָאֵל֙ לֵאמֹ֔ר אִשָּׁה֙ כִּ֣י תַזְרִ֔יעַ וְיָֽלְדָ֖ה זָכָ֑ר וְטָֽמְאָה֙ שִׁבְעַ֣ת יָמִ֔ים כִּימֵ֛י נִדַּ֥ת דְּוֹתָ֖הּ תִּטְמָֽא:

Parsha Tazria Readings

Torah: Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59
Halftorah: 2 Kings 4.42 – 5.19
Brit Hahagaddah: Luke 7:18 – 35

Parsha Tazria Aliyah

First reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1-13:5
Second reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 13:6-17
Third reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 13:18-23
Fourth reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 13:24-28
Fifth reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 13:29-39
Sixth reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 13:40-54
Seventh reading — Vayikra (Leviticus) 13:55-59

Parsha Tazria Stats

  • Hebrew letters – 3,667
  • Hebrew words – 1,010
  • Pesukim (sentences) – 67
  • Lines in a Torah Scroll- 128
  • Double Count – 1 (13.38)
  • Scribal Practices – 1 (13.33)
  • See Hebrew text for Parsha Tazria
  • Number of Mitzvot in Parshat Tazria – 4 (7)
  • Maimonides says: 4
    • Positive – 3
    • Negative – 1
  • Sefer ha-Chinuch says: 7
    • Positive – 5
    • Negative – 2

Parsha Tazria Scriptures

A1: 12.1-13.5A2: 13.6-17A3: 13.18-23A4: 13.24-28A5: 13.29-39A6: 13.40-54A7: 13.55-59Halftorah: 2 Kings 4.42 - 5.19Brit Chadashah: Luke 7.18-35

Leviticus (Vayikra) 12.1-8 (Parshat Tazria, Aliyah 1)

Lev 12:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses, saying:
Lev 12:2  Speak unto the children of Israel, saying: If a woman be delivered, and bear a man-child, then she shall be unclean seven days; as in the days of the impurity of her sickness (niddah) shall she be unclean.
Lev 12:3  And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
Lev 12:4  And she shall continue in the blood of purification three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purification be fulfilled.
Lev 12:5  But if she bear a maid-child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her impurity; and she shall continue in the blood of purification threescore and six days.
Lev 12:6  And when the days of her purification are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt-offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtle-dove, for a sin-offering, unto the door of the tent of meeting, unto the priest.
Lev 12:7  And he shall offer it before the LORD, and make atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the fountain of her blood. This is the law for her that beareth, whether a male or a female.
Lev 12:8  And if her means suffice not for a lamb, then she shall take two turtle-doves, or two young pigeons: the one for a burnt-offering, and the other for a sin-offering; and the priest shall make atonement for her, and she shall be clean.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 13.1-5 (Parsha Tazria, Aliyah 1)

Lev 13:1  And the LORD spoke unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying:
Lev 13:2  When a man shall have in the skin of his flesh a rising, or a scab, or a bright spot, and it become in the skin of his flesh the plague of leprosy (tza’arat), then he shall be brought unto Aaron the priest, or unto one of his sons the priests.
Lev 13:3  And the priest shall look upon the plague in the skin of the flesh; and if the hair in the plague be turned white, and the appearance of the plague be deeper than the skin of his flesh, it is the plague of leprosy; and the priest shall look on him, and pronounce him unclean.
Lev 13:4  And if the bright spot be white in the skin of his flesh, and the appearance thereof be not deeper than the skin, and the hair thereof be not turned white, then the priest shall shut up him that hath the plague seven days.
Lev 13:5  And the priest shall look on him the seventh day; and, behold, if the plague stay in its appearance, and the plague be not spread in the skin, then the priest shall shut him up seven days more.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 13.6-17 (Parsha Tazria, Aliyah 2)

Lev 13:6 And the priest shall look on him again the seventh day; and, behold, if the plague be dim, and the plague be not spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him clean: it is a scab; and he shall wash his clothes, and be clean.
Lev 13:7 But if the scab spread abroad in the skin, after that he hath shown himself to the priest for his cleansing, he shall show himself to the priest again.
Lev 13:8 And the priest shall look, and, behold, if the scab be spread in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is leprosy.
Lev 13:9 When the plague of leprosy is in a man, then he shall be brought unto the priest.
Lev 13:10 And the priest shall look, and, behold, if there be a white rising in the skin, and it have turned the hair white, and there be quick raw flesh in the rising,
Lev 13:11 it is an old leprosy in the skin of his flesh, and the priest shall pronounce him unclean; he shall not shut him up; for he is unclean.
Lev 13:12 And if the leprosy break out abroad in the skin, and the leprosy cover all the skin of him that hath the plague from his head even to his feet, as far as appeareth to the priest;
Lev 13:13 then the priest shall look; and, behold, if the leprosy have covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague; it is all turned white: he is clean.
Lev 13:14 But whensoever raw flesh appeareth in him, he shall be unclean.
Lev 13:15 And the priest shall look on the raw flesh, and pronounce him unclean; the raw flesh is unclean: it is leprosy.
Lev 13:16 But if the raw flesh again be turned into white, then he shall come unto the priest;
Lev 13:17 and the priest shall look on him; and, behold, if the plague be turned into white, then the priest shall pronounce him clean that hath the plague: he is clean.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 13.18-23 (Parsha Tazria, Aliyah 3)

Lev 13:18 And when the flesh hath in the skin thereof a boil, and it is healed,
Lev 13:19 and in the place of the boil there is a white rising, or a bright spot, reddish-white, then it shall be shown to the priest.
Lev 13:20 And the priest shall look; and, behold, if the appearance thereof be lower than the skin, and the hair thereof be turned white, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is the plague of leprosy, it hath broken out in the boil.
Lev 13:21 But if the priest look on it, and, behold, there be no white hairs therein, and it be not lower than the skin, but be dim, then the priest shall shut him up seven days.
Lev 13:22 And if it spread abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is a plague.
Lev 13:23 But if the bright spot stay in its place, and be not spread, it is the scar of the boil; and the priest shall pronounce him clean.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 13.24-28 (Parsha Tazria, Aliyah 4)

Lev 13:24 Or when the flesh hath in the skin thereof a burning by fire, and the quick flesh of the burning become a bright spot, reddish- white, or white;
Lev 13:25 then the priest shall look upon it; and, behold, if the hair in the bright spot be turned white, and the appearance thereof be deeper than the skin, it is leprosy, it hath broken out in the burning; and the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is the plague of leprosy.
Lev 13:26 But if the priest look on it, and, behold, there be no white hair in the bright spot, and it be no lower than the skin, but be dim; then the priest shall shut him up seven days.
Lev 13:27 And the priest shall look upon him the seventh day; if it spread abroad in the skin, then the priest shall pronounce him unclean: it is the plague of leprosy.
Lev 13:28 And if the bright spot stay in its place, and be not spread in the skin, but be dim, it is the rising of the burning, and the priest shall pronounce him clean; for it is the scar of the burning.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 13.29-39 (Parsha Tazria, Aliyah 5)

Lev 13:40 And if a man’s hair be fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.
Lev 13:41 And if his hair be fallen off from the front part of his head, he is forehead-bald; yet is he clean.
Lev 13:42 But if there be in the bald head, or the bald forehead, a reddish-white plague, it is leprosy breaking out in his bald head, or his bald forehead.
Lev 13:43 Then the priest shall look upon him; and, behold, if the rising of the plague be reddish-white in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, as the appearance of leprosy in the skin of the flesh,
Lev 13:44  he is a leprous man, he is unclean; the priest shall surely pronounce him unclean: his plague is in his head.
Lev 13:45 And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and the hair of his head shall go loose, and he shall cover his upper lip, and shall cry: ‘Unclean, unclean.’
Lev 13:46 All the days wherein the plague is in him he shall be unclean; he is unclean; he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his dwelling be.
Lev 13:47 And when the plague of leprosy is in a garment, whether it be a woolen garment, or a linen garment;
Lev 13:48 or in the warp, or in the woof, whether they be of linen, or of wool; or in a skin, or in any thing made of skin.
Lev 13:49 If the plague be greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin, it is the plague of leprosy, and shall be shown unto the priest.
Lev 13:50 And the priest shall look upon the plague, and shut up that which hath the plague seven days.
Lev 13:51 And he shall look on the plague on the seventh day: if the plague be spread in the garment, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in the skin, whatever service skin is used for, the plague is a malignant leprosy: it is unclean.
Lev 13:52 And he shall burn the garment, or the warp, or the woof, whether it be of wool or of linen, or any thing of skin, wherein the plague is; for it is a malignant leprosy; it shall be burnt in the fire.
Lev 13:53 And if the priest shall look, and, behold, the plague be not spread in the garment, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin;
Lev 13:54 then the priest shall command that they wash the thing wherein the plague is, and he shall shut it up seven days more.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 13.40-54(Parsha Tazria, Aliyah 6)

Lev 13:40 And if a man’s hair be fallen off his head, he is bald; yet is he clean.
Lev 13:41 And if his hair be fallen off from the front part of his head, he is forehead-bald; yet is he clean.
Lev 13:42 But if there be in the bald head, or the bald forehead, a reddish-white plague, it is leprosy breaking out in his bald head, or his bald forehead.
Lev 13:43 Then the priest shall look upon him; and, behold, if the rising of the plague be reddish-white in his bald head, or in his bald forehead, as the appearance of leprosy in the skin of the flesh,
Lev 13:44 he is a leprous man, he is unclean; the priest shall surely pronounce him unclean: his plague is in his head.
Lev 13:45 And the leper in whom the plague is, his clothes shall be rent, and the hair of his head shall go loose, and he shall cover his upper lip, and shall cry: ‘Unclean, unclean.’
Lev 13:46 All the days wherein the plague is in him he shall be unclean; he is unclean; he shall dwell alone; without the camp shall his dwelling be.
Lev 13:47 And when the plague of leprosy is in a garment, whether it be a woolen garment, or a linen garment;
Lev 13:48 or in the warp, or in the woof, whether they be of linen, or of wool; or in a skin, or in any thing made of skin.
Lev 13:49 If the plague be greenish or reddish in the garment, or in the skin, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin, it is the plague of leprosy, and shall be shown unto the priest.
Lev 13:50 And the priest shall look upon the plague, and shut up that which hath the plague seven days.
Lev 13:51 And he shall look on the plague on the seventh day: if the plague be spread in the garment, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in the skin, whatever service skin is used for, the plague is a malignant leprosy: it is unclean.
Lev 13:52 And he shall burn the garment, or the warp, or the woof, whether it be of wool or of linen, or any thing of skin, wherein the plague is; for it is a malignant leprosy; it shall be burnt in the fire.
Lev 13:53 And if the priest shall look, and, behold, the plague be not spread in the garment, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin;
Lev 13:54 then the priest shall command that they wash the thing wherein the plague is, and he shall shut it up seven days more.

Leviticus (Vayikra) 13.55-59 (Parsha Tazria, Aliyah 7)

Lev 13:55 And the priest shall look, after that the plague is washed; and, behold, if the plague have not changed its colour, and the plague be not spread, it is unclean; thou shalt burn it in the fire; it is a fret, whether the bareness be within or without.
Lev 13:56 And if the priest look, and, behold, the plague be dim after the washing thereof, then he shall rend it out of the garment, or out of the skin, or out of the warp, or out of the woof.
Lev 13:57 And if it appear still in the garment, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin, it is breaking out, thou shalt burn that wherein the plague is with fire.
Lev 13:58 And the garment, or the warp, or the woof, or whatsoever thing of skin it be, which thou shalt wash, if the plague be departed from them, then it shall be washed the second time, and shall be clean.
Lev 13:59 This is the law of the plague of leprosy in a garment of wool or linen, or in the warp, or in the woof, or in any thing of skin, to pronounce it clean, or to pronounce it unclean.

2 Kings 4.42 -44 (Parsha Tazria, Haftarah)

2Ki 4:42 And there came a man from Baal-shalishah, and brought the man of God bread of the first-fruits, twenty loaves of barley, and fresh ears of corn in his sack. And he said: ‘Give unto the people, that they may eat.’
2Ki 4:43 And his servant said: ‘How should I set this before a hundred men?’ But he said: ‘Give the people, that they may eat; for thus saith the LORD: They shall eat, and shall leave thereof.’
2Ki 4:44 So he set it before them, and they did eat, and left thereof, according to the word of the LORD.

2 Kings 5.1-19 (Parsha Tazria, Haftarah)

2Ki 5:1 Now Naaman, captain of the host of the king of Aram, was a great man with his master, and held in esteem, because by him the LORD had given victory unto Aram; he was also a mighty man of valour, but he was a leper.
2Ki 5:2 And the Arameans had gone out in bands, and had brought away captive out of the land of Israel a little maid; and she waited on Naaman’s wife.
2Ki 5:3 And she said unto her mistress: ‘Would that my lord were with the prophet that is in Samaria! then would he recover him of his leprosy.’
2Ki 5:4 And he went in, and told his lord, saying: ‘Thus and thus said the maid that is of the land of Israel.’
2Ki 5:5 And the king of Aram said: ‘Go now, and I will send a letter unto the king of Israel.’ And he departed, and took with him ten talents of silver, and six thousand pieces of gold, and ten changes of raiment.
2Ki 5:6 And he brought the letter to the king of Israel, saying: ‘And now when this letter is come unto thee, behold, I have sent Naaman my servant to thee, that thou mayest recover him of his leprosy.’
2Ki 5:7 And it came to pass, when the king of Israel had read the letter, that he rent his clothes, and said: ‘Am I God, to kill and to make alive, that this man doth send unto me to recover a man of his leprosy? but consider, I pray you, and see how he seeketh an occasion against me.’
2Ki 5:8 And it was so, when Elisha the man of God heard that the king of Israel had rent his clothes, that he sent to the king, saying: ‘Wherefore hast thou rent thy clothes? let him come now to me, and he shall know that there is a prophet in Israel.’
2Ki 5:9 So Naaman came with his horses and with his chariots, and stood at the door of the house of Elisha.
2Ki 5:10 And Elisha sent a messenger unto him, saying: ‘Go and wash in the Jordan seven times, and thy flesh shall come back to thee, and thou shalt be clean.’
2Ki 5:11 But Naaman was wroth, and went away, and said: ‘Behold, I thought: He will surely come out to me, and stand, and call on the name of the LORD his God, and wave his hand over the place, and recover the leper.
2Ki 5:12 Are not Amanah and Pharpar, the rivers of Damascus, better than all the waters of Israel? may I not wash in them, and be clean?’ So he turned, and went away in a rage.
2Ki 5:13 And his servants came near, and spoke unto him, and said: ‘My father, if the prophet had bid thee do some great thing, wouldest thou not have done it? how much rather then, when he saith to thee: Wash, and be clean?’
2Ki 5:14 Then went he down, and dipped himself seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh came back like unto the flesh of a little child, and he was clean.

2Ki 5:15 And he returned to the man of God, he and all his company, and came, and stood before him; and he said: ‘Behold now, I know that there is no God in all the earth, but in Israel; now therefore, I pray thee, take a present of thy servant.’
2Ki 5:16 But he said: ‘As the LORD liveth, before whom I stand, I will receive none.’ And he urged him to take it; but he refused.
2Ki 5:17 And Naaman said: ‘If not, yet I pray thee let there be given to thy servant two mules’ burden of earth; for thy servant will henceforth offer neither burnt-offering nor sacrifice unto other gods, but unto the LORD.
2Ki 5:18 In this thing the LORD pardon thy servant: when my master goeth into the house of Rimmon to worship there, and he leaneth on my hand, and I prostrate myself in the house of Rimmon, when I prostrate myself in the house of Rimmon, the LORD pardon thy servant in this thing.’
2Ki 5:19 And he said unto him: ‘Go in peace.’ So he departed from him some way.

Luke 7.18-35 (Parsha Tazria, Renewed Covenant)

Luk 7:18  The disciples of John reported all these things to him. And John,
Luk 7:19  calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
Luk 7:20  And when the men had come to him, they said, “John the Baptist has sent us to you, saying, ‘Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?’”
Luk 7:21  In that hour he healed many people of diseases and plagues and evil spirits, and on many who were blind he bestowed sight.
Luk 7:22  And he answered them, “Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, the poor have good news preached to them.
Luk 7:23  And blessed is the one who is not offended by me.”
Luk 7:24  When John’s messengers had gone, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
Luk 7:25  What then did you go out to see? A man dressed in soft clothing? Behold, those who are dressed in splendid clothing and live in luxury are in kings’ courts.
Luk 7:26  What then did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.
Luk 7:27  This is he of whom it is written, “‘Behold, I send my messenger before your face, who will prepare your way before you.’
Luk 7:28  I tell you, among those born of women none is greater than John. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.”
Luk 7:29  (When all the people heard this, and the tax collectors too, they declared God just, having been baptized with the baptism of John,
Luk 7:30  but the Pharisees and the lawyers rejected the purpose of God for themselves, not having been baptized by him.)
Luk 7:31  “To what then shall I compare the people of this generation, and what are they like?
Luk 7:32  They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, “‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’
Luk 7:33  For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon.’
Luk 7:34  The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Look at him! A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’
Luk 7:35  Yet wisdom is justified by all her children.”

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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 – 27.32
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