Mazeltov to Ze’ev and Yael Gluckman on the birth of a son born in Israel and mazeltov to grandparents Bernard and Debbie Gien.    Mazeltov to Dean and Chanah Marcus on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Stan and Jennifer Marcus.    Mazeltov to Herbie and Rhona Ullman on the birth of a grandson and mazeltov to parents Ryan and Leanne Lenhoff in Australia.    Mazeltov to Rabbi Sruli and Shira Kaufman on the birth of a son and mazeltov to grandparents Rabbi and Rebbetzin Suchard.    Mazeltov to Caylee daughter Howard and Janice Talpert on the occasion of her engagement to Assaf Sarid in Israel.
Double Parasha of Tazria and Metzora: A Summary

Double Parasha of Tazria and Metzora: A Summary

The Torah continues with the laws of physical and spiritual purity. The focus of this portion is upon tzora’as, a supernatural physical affliction sent to warn someone to refrain from speaking badly about others. The disease progressively afflicted home, clothes and then one’s skin — unless the individual corrected his ways and followed the purification process stated in the Torah.

As mentioned above, there are three types of speech transgressions: 1) Loshon Hora (literally “evil tongue”) — making a derogatory or damaging statement about someone even though you are speaking the truth. 2) Motzie Shem Ra — slander — where what is spoken is negative and false. 3) Rechilus (literally “tale bearing”) –telling someone the negative things another person said about him or did against him. 

The second Torah Portion, Metzora, continues with the purification process for the metzora, the person afflicted with tzora’as and then the home afflicted with tzora’as. The portion ends with the purification process for discharges from the flesh.

2020 Sandton Shul Batmitzvah Ceremony