Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Metzora

imgresThis week, we are reading the portion Metzora, continues with the discussion of clean and unclean states. You can read about it here: Metzora – Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33.

You may decide to read the whole portion in one sitting or you might decide to do the FULL KRIYAH which breaks up the parsha so that you can pace yourself and concentrate on a smaller section each day.

This week, the readings for the Torah portion for each day of the week will be as follows:

  1. 1: 14:1-12 (12 p’sukim)
  2. 2: 14:13-20 (8 p’sukim)
  3. 3: 14:21-32 (12 p’sukim)
  4. 4: 14:33-53 (21 p’sukim)
  5. 5: 14:54-15:15 (19 p’sukim)
  6. 6: 15:16-28 (13 p’sukim)
  7. 7: 15:29-33 (5 p’sukim)

In addition to the Torah portion, the haftarah portion is II Kings 7:3 – 7:20.

Continue to journal this week, writing down your thoughts, themes, and Bible verses that come to mind for the individual days, and/or week. If you’d like to focus on personal character development with a larger community, see “Mussar” below the Torah study materials.

Torah Study Materials

Reading materials

Torah Portion Study Guides from Tony Robinson

The Creation Gospel Torah Portions: Vayikra by Dr. Hollisa Alewine

Audio/Visual

The Parsha Experiment from the AlephBeta team on this week’s parsha.

Torah teachings (from the Torah cycle 5772) by L. Grant Luton

Mussar (Personal Character Development)

This week, we will focus on the middah (character trait) of atzlut (laziness). This is the opposite of zerizut (alacrity or enthusiasm). Overcoming laziness actually helps with increasing self-confidence, so this is a very important trait to work on.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Atzlut/Zerizut (Laziness/Enthusiasm). Under the trait list the suggested practices. Put this card in a prominent place to help you walk out this virtue in your day to day life. (Suggested practices come from the lecture below):

  • Break down a task into smaller tasks.
  • Do something you don’t like, and do it right away.
  • Try to find the detail that is holding you back from following through with a task.
  • Make a list prioritizing from greatest importance to least importance.
  • Only do one thing at a time.
  • Reward yourself for accomplishing something.

You might also benefit from this teaching:

And this article:

Enthusiasm

In truth, human beings are just that – humans and not angels. It is therefore impossible for us to have the might of the angels. Nonetheless we should strive to get as close to this level as we possibly can. King David used to praise his own share of this trait by saying (Psalms 119:60), “I hurried – did not delay – to keep Your mitzvot. ~Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, Path of the Just, ch. 6

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,

S~