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תזךיע- "Conceived"

Weekly parashah #27: Tazria

  • Torah: Vayikra (Leviticus) 12:1-13:59
  • Haftarah: M'lakhim Bet (2 Kings) 4:42-5:19
  • Greek Scriptures: Luke 10-11

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Leviticus 12:1

Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, "Speak to the sons of Israel, saying: 'When a woman conceives and bears a male child, then she shall be unclean for seven days, as in the days of her menstruation she shall be unclean.

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The Hebrew Words

Tzara is a primitive root which means "to sow". Tzara (Strong's #2232) is used 77 times in 73 verses in the Tanakh.

Tzara is the root of another Hebrew word, tzaroa, which means arm or strength (Strong's #2220).

First use in Scripture

The first time tzarah is used in Scripture is in Genesis 1:11.


Genesis 1:11

Then G-d said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding [bearing] seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind with seed in them"; and it was so.


Last use in Scripture

The last time tzarah is used in Scripture is in Zechariah 10:9.


Zechariah 10:9

"When I scatter [as in sowing] them among the peoples, They will remember Me in far countries, And they with their children will live and come back.


Parashah Outline

  • Laws of Motherhood - Leviticus 12:1
  • The Test of Tzara'at - Leviticus 13:1



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