Tazria-Metzora 5761

Tora - Torah

Parshat Tazria-Metzora 5 Iyar, 5761 April 28, 2001

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Shlomo Ressler, http://www.weeklydvar.com/, asks in his D’var Torah (in italics, which I have excerpted): In this week’s Parsha we’re told that even if it’s blatantly obvious that one has leprosy, the laws pertaining to it do not apply until the Kohen (priest) declares it impure.Why would we need an ‘official’ to see and declare it if it’s obvious what it is? … Rabbi Twerski explains that showing your flaws to a Cohen should help you want to change them, because of the embarrassment. Also, is that if we have challenges that are hard for us to overcome, it would help if we talked to someone who might be able to guide us… The lesson of the Kohen and the leprosy is just as our sages advise us in Pirkei Avot: “Find yourself a Rav” (a Rabbinical authority that you’re comfortable with). In the end, we shouldn’t be ashamed of our weaknesses unless we’re doing nothing about them!

What could be truer for a Tora Dojo martial artist! Yes, a Kohen is the one you go to for that kind of problem. A Shih-fu (or Sensei, or Shih-Gung, or Lao Shih or our one-and-only Ta-Shih) is whom you go to for the myriad problems and weaknesses in body, attitude, mind and heart that prevent you from being the best Jewish Peaceful Warrior you can be. And rest assured that your teachers are wise enough to know when they don’t know the answer and when to send you to someone who does.

 Your teachers are a precious resource. Be sure to use them!

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