August 21, 2017 ~ Shabbat SHOFETIM. Maqam AJAM.

Shabbat Tazria


לב טהור ברא לי אלקים ורוח נכון חדש בקרבי - To repent for his misdeeds, King David prays to "Create in me a pure heart and renew within me a correct spirit" (Psalms 51:12). The pursuit of purity is a central theme in the Torah, because it is the prerequisite to holiness (קדשים תהיו). Leviticus 12-15, in detailing purity laws, does not place judgement on those who became impure, but rather instructs on how one can recover and become pure again. This is because God is aware that in the complications of life, many things often occur that can make one impure even unintentionally. In providing these laws, God requests that everyone continue in their quests for purity and not give up trying. We learn from King David's words that it is never too late to fix oneself for even the most unclean person who has completely purged from the path can repent and wash themselves clean (תחטאני באזוב ואטהר). Beth Torah Bulletin, April 29, 2017.