Metzora, Metzorah, M’tzora, Mezora, Metsora, or M’tsora is the 28th weekly Torah portion in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the fifth in the Book of Leviticus. The parashah deals with ritual impurity.
Metzora/Leper — מצורע
- HAFTARAH/HAFTORAH (includes PROPHETS or WRITINGS) – Prophets:
2 Kings 7:3-20
- BRIT CHADASHAH (a.k.a New Covenant/Testament) – GOSPEL:
Note: The regular readings above are often interrupted with special readings on Jewish holidays, special Sabbaths, and Rosh Chodesh. Refer to the annual Torah Portion schedule for these special portions.
The twenty-eighth reading from the Torah is Metzora (מצורע), a word that means “leper.” The word appears in the second verse of the reading, which says, “This shall be the law of the leper in the day of his cleansing” (Leviticus 14:2). Leviticus 14 spells out the complex purification rituals for the cleansing of a leper and a leprous home. Leviticus 15 briefly covers the laws regarding ritual unfitness stemming from bodily emissions. Except in biblical calendar leap years, Metzora is read together with the previous Torah portion, Tazria, on the same Sabbath.
- Leviticus 14:1 | Purification of Lepers and Leprous Houses
- Leviticus 15:1 | Concerning Bodily Discharges
- 2Ki 7:3 | The Arameans Flee
“TZARAAT/METZORA” –A Biblical Affliction (commonly mistranslated as “LEPROSY/LEPER”): Biblical/Spiritual Significance