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.