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Daily Aliya for Metzora, Revii (4th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: Homes, too, can be afflicted with tzara’at. If bricks on a home become discolored — acquiring a strong red or green pigment — a priest is summoned. If indeed the discoloration seems to be tzara’at, the priest quarantines the home for up to three weeks. Depending on the spread of the discoloration, the home is either declared to be pure, or the specific bricks are removed from the house, or, in the most extreme situations, the house is demolished. The Torah then describes the purification process for such a home — which is very similar to the initial stage of the purification of the human afflicted with tzara’at (described in the First Aliya).

Although we do not “practice” this whole topic today, the lessons of the bridge and connection between the physical world and the spiritual one still applies. A person whose home is a place for Torah, a launching pad for acts of charity and kindness, a training ground for a new generation of sensitive, enthusiastic Jews, such a home cannot be infected by spiritual plagues.