Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 7, 2013


This week’s Torah Reading is a double portion. It deals with a variety of issues that require purification. Among them are the menstrual cycle for women, a man’s issue, and a strange illness, Tzoras – like leprosy, that comes from evil gossip.

This week begins the new month of Iyar. In Hebrew, the month is spelled Aleph, Yud, then Yud, and Raish. This is a short form for Aleph (Ani or Anochi – I am) the 2 Yuds (one of the short names for the Al-mighty) and Raish (Rofecha – who heals you). This is the month of healing.

After being together with a lot of people, relatives, friends and strangers for Passover, there is a tendency to gossip. We need to be reminded by this Torah Reading what gossip brings on and to remember Ani or Anochi, I am (the Al-mighty that took you out of Egypt). If we can accomplish this during this month of Iyar, perhaps the Al-mighty will indeed remove all illness, as it happened when the Torah was given, with the coming of Moshiach and the building of the 3rd Bais Hamikdosh.


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