04 May 2015
This week’s parsha, Tazria and Metzora, continues the discussion of the laws of tumah v’taharah, ritual purity and impurity. First, outlined is childbirth. If a women gives birth to a boy she will be impure for a total of 40 days, yet for a girl she will be impure for a total of 80. Ding, ding, ding. Off goes my NFTY alarm. This years NFTY action theme is Shivyon, equality. Why is it that if a girl is born, the mother is “impure” twice as long as if she had bore a boy?