Inspiration Through Torah in 5776: Tazria

This week, we are reading the portion Tazria, which discusses the issue of clean and unclean states of human beings. You can read about it here: Tazria – Leviticus 12:1 – 13:59.

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: 12:1-13:5 (13 p’sukim)

2: 13:6-17 (12 p’sukim)

3: 13:18-23 (6 p’sukim)

4: 13:24-28 (5 p’sukim)

5: 13:29-39 (11 p’sukim)

6: 13:40-54 (15 p’sukim)

7: 13:55-59 (5 p’sukim)

addition to the Torah portion, is II Kings 4:42 – 5:19.

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 pachad/yirat Hashem (fear/fear of G-d). Fear is something we are naturally born with. It keeps us alive. We get into trouble when we allow fear to control our reactions and affect our decisions in a way that eliminates G-d from the decision making process.

Note: Fill out a 4×6 card; at the top write Pachad/Yirat Hashem (Fear/Fear of Hashem). 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):

  • Think positively.
  • Be careful with your self-image. Do not think of yourself as a wicked person.
  • Look at failure and rejection in a new light. What can I learn from this? Minimize them.
  • Put your trust in G-d.
  • Psalm 11:10 – “The yirah of Hashem is the beginning of wisdom.”

You might also benefit from this teaching:

And these:

“You are wherever your thoughts are, make sure your thoughts are where you want to be.” ~Rebbe Nachman of Breslov

Blessings and Shalom for a good week,

S~