Metzora

Leper — מצורע


How to read and listen to these Portions below:

TORAH: Leviticus 14:1-15:33
HAFTARAH: 2 Kings 7:3-20
GOSPEL: Mark 1:35-45

Note: The regular readings above are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.


Portion Summary

The twenty-eighth reading from the Torah is Metzora (מצורע), a word that means "leper." The word appears in the second verse of the reading, which says, "This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing" (Leviticus 14:2). Leviticus 14 spells out the complex purification rituals for the cleansing of a leper and a leprous home. Leviticus 15 briefly covers the laws regarding ritual unfitness stemming from bodily emissions. Except in biblical calendar leap years, Metzora is read together with the previous Torah portion, Tazria, on the same Sabbath.


Portion Outline

  • Torah
    • Leviticus 14:1 | Purification of Lepers and Leprous Houses
    • Leviticus 15:1 | Concerning Bodily Discharges
  • Prophets
    • 2Ki 7:3 | The Arameans Flee

Commentary from Torah Portion: Metzora

The Leper Messiah

Chassidic teaching concludes that the Talmud hints toward some deeper meaning when it refers to the Messiah as “The Leper.” It indicates that the redeemer suffers the agonies and afflictions of Israel’s exile. He impatiently waits f…

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