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  • To tell the truth

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    The traditional English translation for the disease tzora'at that is eponymous with this week's Torah portion, Metzora, is "leprosy."

    However, as our commentators explain, biblical leprosy was something very different from the bacterial leprosy of modern times that is attributed to...

  • Cry of the Leper

    By Rabbi Joshua Levine Grater

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    What do we do with the things that frighten us most? Sometimes we have the will to overcome that which we wish we could run from, choosing not to hide away in the safety of our own bubble. We have the courage to face the demons, either personal or communal; we stare down the fear and...
  • Torah Portion

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    April 2, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    By Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky

    Here's a riddle: What do leprosy and the State ofIsrael have in common? Hopefully, nothing leaps to your mind rightaway. I, however, needed to solve this riddle before I could begin towrite this week's parasha column: For the week that we celebrate Israel's...