Parashat Tazria: 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.
There are two types of speech transgressions: 1) Lashon Hara (literally “evil tongue”) — making a derogatory or damaging statement about someone even though you are speaking the truth … and 2) Rechilus (literally “tale bearing”) — telling someone the negative things another person said about him or did against him.