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This week's Torah reading

Tazria

After giving birth to a son, a mother was not permitted to enter the Sanctuary for 40 days; if she had borne a daughter, the period was 80 days. At the termination of this period, the mother brought burnt and sin offerings to the Sanctuary and was then considered ritually clean once again.

Anyone who contracted the disease of Tzora'as (similar to leprosy) was not allowed to enter the Sanctuary. Consequently, when one's skin color indicated that he might have the disease, the priest examined him.


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