Posted by: mosesfromsinai | April 3, 2016

Tazreeyah – Conceive

This week we read the Portion Tazreeyah and a special reading called Hachodesh (the New Month – referring to the command given to sanctify the New Month which was the month of Nissan, the month the Jews would leave Egypt. This marked the beginning of the Jewish nation and their first command as a nation.) It is also Rosh Chodesh Nissan this Shabbos. Thus we will be reading from 3 Torahs, a fully packed Shabbos.

In the actual Parsha of Tazreeyah right at the beginning we read a section that the feminists of today might pounce on. Namely that when a Jewish woman gives birth to a boy she is impure for a total of 40 days. When she gives birth to a girl she is impure twice that time for a total of 80 days. Oh oh here it comes, pow.

Please remember that there are two sides to a coin and two ways to look at things. One can see a negative and one can see a positive. The obvious apparent negative here is that a woman is impure twice as long just because she gave birth to a girl. (Next time give birth to a boy and you will not be impure that long).

However, if one needs more time to become pure that means what took place was of greater significance. Indeed, another child was born that has the special ability to give birth to a future child. This is an amazing level of the power of life. This baby girl will grow up to give birth to a future generation, There is not much more that can be greater than that. It is for this reason that the level of impurity is 80 days. The norm is 40 to purify. Even in Noah’s time it rained for 40 days and 40 nights to purify the world. A mikvah, a holy body of water contains the measurement number of 40 sah, in order to purify.

The birth of an amazing female requires twice that level. One need only to look at our history to note that it was the power of the Jewish woman that saved our necks on numerous occasions, in Egypt,with Passover and the exodus – Yocheved and Miriam; in Greece with Chana; and just recently, Purim time with Queen Esther.

Soon we will be redeemed again and the merits of the Jewish woman will play a major role.


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