Divrei Torah

PARSHAS METZORA 5779

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The parsha tells us this week that just as a blemish can appear on one's body or hair, it can also appear on the walls of his home. When that happens, he goes to the kohen and declares, "like a plague appeared to me in my home." Rabbi Mordechai Kaminetzky raises a question:The afflicted sounds like a modern teenager. Why does he not say “I may have a plague”? Why use the words "like a plague." After all if it looks like a plague and acts like a plague, than it must be a plague! Why then does he use the word “like” in describing it to the Kohein?

Rabbi Kaminetzky explains that the Torah is telling us an important foundation in negativity. When one seemingly has a blemish or sees a blemish in his own home, he has no right to declare it as such. He may have a problem but should never declare it until seeking spiritual confirmation. One may think it is a blemish, it may even appear as a blemish, yet, until confirmed by the compassionate kohen, it is only like a blemish. Until confirmed with counsel, it is not. If one goes to the kohen and learns to utilize the impairing experience to grow, to become more patient, more understanding, and perhaps more sensitive to others, then the hindrances that he or she experience may be troublesome, they may even be disheartening, they may even be like a handicap -- but they are truly not. Because the handicap is only in the mind; and what is on the body is only like a blemish that can fade away.