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Daily Aliya for Tazria, Chamishi (5th Aliya)

Aliya Summary: In this Aliya we discover that tzara’at can also affect the areas on the body covered by hair. The symptoms and laws of such a tzara’at are quite different than standard tzara’at. This Aliya concludes with the laws of a person afflicted by multiple dull white areas on his skin.

There is a specific prohibition of cutting the hair of a Tzora’at area on the body. Among other reasons, this would remove an important indicator for the inspecting kohen. If a doctor notices that a rash on a patient might be the result of stress and tension in the workplace, then it would serve no purpose to merely treat the rash. In fact, the rash might clear up after some stress-reduction measures without any treatment of the rash itself.