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Daily Aliya for Metzora, Shvii (7th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: Under certain circumstances a menstruating woman was required to bring to the Temple two bird offerings in order to attain purity. These sacrifices are described in this Aliya.

Commentaries note that the laws pertaining to human beings follow the laws pertaining to animals (chronologically, in the Torah). This corresponds to the sequence of creation – animals were created before humans. If a person behaves in an improper manner, they are lower than an animal, and are reminded that “the mosquito preceded him”. If however, we behave properly, keep the Torah and mitzvot, rise to the challenge of being holy, then we are worthy of having been created in the image of G-d.