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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Nagu’a: Touched by the Divine

Nagu’a: Touched by the Divine

Parashat Tazri’a (Leviticus 12:1–13:59)

(p.140) Twenty-Seven Nagu’a: Touched by the Divine
Torah Queeries

Ayala Sha’ashoua Miron

NYU Press

This chapter discusses the Parashat Tazri'a of Leviticus, which focuses on the specific descriptions of and treatment for skin diseases. The text offers a substantial test case to examine people's real social potential for tolerance and inclusion. In addition, it invites readers to explore a different realm of perfection—one that is related to the power of human gesture. For instance, the priest's willingness to look and get in touch with the infected body, as well as his closeness, and his repeated attention to the diseased person are all part of a gesture that turns the site of “infection” into site of purity.

Keywords:   Parashat Tazri'a, Leviticus, social potential, perfection, human gesture, priest, infection, purity

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