V’al chet she-hatanu l’fanekha bil’shon ha-ra, “And for the sin we have committed before You through slander” — over the course of Yom Kippur we say these words over and over again as we recite the Viddui (Confessional) quietly to ourselves and then aloud communally. As we say...
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April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pmThe 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...