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This week's parshiyot, Tazria and Metzora concern the biblical disease of Tzara'at. This disease serves as a consequence of committing sins and going through a purification process to rejoin their communities once having understood the effect of their negative actions.
Parshat Shemini contains the rules of the Tabernacle, and Aaron and his sons' duty to stay in the tent for the first seven days. This past year we have been faced with "staying in the tent," and it is up to us to stay committed and do what is asked from us so that we can look forward to more normalcy.
This week's parsha describes the worship of the golden calf, and the selfishness of the act. Parshat Ki Tisa is important because it shows how our actions can be used to help or harm others, and how we can make a greater impact on others through our actions.
Parshat Yitro gives us the Ten Commandments. It makes us think about what G-d has commanded of us, and what the Mitzvot are. This leads to further interpretation of how we can incorporate them into our own practices, in ways that make sense for own religiosity.
This week, Parsha Beshalach is about Moses' connection with G-d, and asking him to part the sea, and provide them with food and water. We learn that sometimes it only takes one person to begin a task and receive help from G-d, but they have to attempt a task or else they will never know.
Parshat Bo follows the plagues unleashed in Egypt, and how they could have been avoided all together if Pharaoh had freed the Israelites instead of feeding his own self-interest. If we all make small changes to benefit others instead of ourselves, we can make a big difference in our quality of life and the world as a whole.
This week's parsha is when Moses learns he must act as a messenger for G-d, to get the Israelites out of Egypt. He does not initially view himself as a leader, but he learns that G-d will support him and everyone who puts in work and effort. This applies to issues we are facing now such as racism and anti-Semitism, because we have an obligation to help as Jews and as messengers.
In this week’s Torah portion, Parshat Miketz, Joseph famously interprets dreams by communicating with G-d. There are many moments of déjà vu and parallels throughout Joseph's life, but is this calculated, or left to chance?
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