Friday, April 8, 2011

Lesson from the Leper

We call our Parsha this week: Metzora, while earlier authorities, like Rashi and the Rambam, called it: Zos T'ihyeh.
  1. How can we call a Parsha with such a dirty word like Metzorah?
  2. And it used to have such a nice name! Why in the world would we change it, and to a name like Metzorah!??
To explain this, we of course must first understand something else.

The Posuk says that the Metzorah is brought to the Kohen ("V'huva El HaKohen").
Ummmmm. No he isn't! The Metzorah cannot come to the Kohen!! He has to stay outside the camps. The posuk even says later, clearly, that the Kohen leaves to go visit him!???
And why does it say he is brought? Shouldn't it say: he comes to the Kohen?

The Rebbe brings a Sforno and others who offer an answer to this perplexing posuk, but the Rebbe also proves how the answer brought by these meforshim is insufficient.

This question therefore has no good answer in Nigleh. The Rebbe continues in the sicha to offer an answer, according to Chassidus. This is one of the unique times the Rebbe shows us that only with Chassidus can we understand Torah.

The Metzorah is on a very low level.
The Alter Rebbe paskens in Shulchan Aruch, that every Yid, no matter who, will eventually do Tshuva.

Therefore, Hashem is saying (through the posuk) that this Metzorah will be brought (even against his will) to the Kohen. He will do Tshuva. Whether he likes it or not. This is a promise from G-d!

And when he does do Tshuva, it will affect him that even on his own low level, he will have a desire to return to Hashem. The Kohen comes to him, on his level, for the purification process from his leprosy, i.e. doing Tshuva.

His true Tshuva, and converting his own personal darkness into light, will be evident and complete only in Moshiach's times, when G-d's Essence will be known. Only in the presence of G-d's Essence can darkness and light be equal; "the darkness will shine like day."

So
In the earlier generations, that were farther from the times of Moshiach, they knew that one day the Metzorah could do Tshuva, and be a part of the holy Torah. But not then. They called the parsha: Zos T'hiyeh, which shows in the future, 'this will be the Torah of the Metzorah' (the words of the posuk).
But now, in the last generation before Moshiach, we are so close that we have some of the revelations already of G-d and G-dliness, we can make the Metzorah be a part of Torah!