Shabbat Nugget: Parashat Metzorah

Did you ever see a person who believed to be a truly spiritual person suddenly act in a totally inappropriate manner?  When we see these type of things, we become very puzzled. However, the Kaballah teaches that this is the spiritual condition of the Metzorah- the person who has contacted an unnatural form of leprosy to study about in this week’s Torah portion.

The Metzorah that Kaballah teaches is a person who is a spiritually inspired and has holy enthusiasm but is in danger of misusing this spirtual energy, since many times when a person has an abundance of energy it leads him to arrogance or 3immoral behavior.

This is the reason that this week’s Torah portion which discusses the purification process of the Metzorah begins with the words “This is the Torah of the Metzorah”.  The Torah is telling us with its precise choice of words that the way to avoid this type of pitfall is to make sure to enter spirituality with a dose of humility and that is accomplished by studying and observing the Torah.  When we have this humility it prevents the spiritual energy from leading us in the wrong direction.

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About Rabbi Pesach Scheiner

Rabbi Pesach Scheiner is the Rabbi of Boulder County Center for Judaism. In addition, he teaches extensively throughout Boulder County and is the author of "Finding the Joy in Everyday Living," a book of short chapters explaining the ways to access happiness through appreciation, gratitude, and a sense of purpose.

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