The Middat HaShavuah, taken from this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Metzora, instructs us to be thankful for healing. The verse reads as follows:

Parshah: Metzora מְּצֹרָע   

Key Verse:וְהִנֵּ֛ה נִרְפָּ֥א נֶֽגַע־הַצָּרַ֖עַת מִן־הַצָּרֽוּעַ׃  

(ויקרא יד: ג) – (Leviticus 14:3)

This week’s Torah portion contains the detailed laws concerning Tzarat, a type of skin disease or affliction (sometimes translated as leprosy although it is not the same), and the process of purification following the disease.

While Tzarat is mentioned in the Torah, its significance extends far beyond its literal interpretation. Tzarat has been metaphorically interpreted by our rabbis, with some considering it a symbolic representation of the repercussions of Lashon HaRa, or negative speech. In essence, Tzarat is seen as a tangible manifestation of spiritual impurity, serving as a consequence for our moral misdeeds, particularly those involving slander, gossip, or arrogance. Today, although we understand that we will not face Tzarat for our moral missteps, the lessons from this Torah portion remain crucial reminders of how we should conduct ourselves daily, especially regarding the use of our speech.

Human beings possess a remarkable capacity for healing, be it physical, emotional, and spiritual. Whether we consider ailments like Tzarat mentioned in the Torah or afflictions of spiritual impurity, our innate ability to heal and experience healing is truly remarkable. This blessing warrants immense gratitude.

The journey of healing, whether physical, emotional, or spiritual, can often be difficult and challenging. The path towards healing requires remarkable resilience, strength, and courage as one navigates through various challenges along this transformative process. One thing that I have learned is that you don’t have to face these challenges alone. With family, friends and community, these challenges can be overcome much more easily. With support and determination, we can overcome adversity and emerge healed and stronger on the other side. To me, this is truly inspiring and worthy of our gratitude!

Shabbat Shalom U’Mevorach,

Moreh Alan