Tazria: Chapter 23

Holy and pure


Rabbi Shimon explains that Ish is both mercy and judgment, and he tells how the presence and absence of hair on the head denotes purity and impurity. The Levites are pure only when their hair is removed, because they come from the side of Judgment, and are Ish and not Adam. We learn about the purification by water, and are told that the supernal Ish, Zeir Anpin, is completed by washing in supernal Chesed. The rabbis also speak about a white reddish sore on a person, and the meaning of the white and the red. Lastly we hear that 'prayer' is actually the Congregation of Yisrael.