Take Initiative – Dvar Torah on Parshat Metzora 5776 2016

Metzora is mentioned in the Torah and is described as a skin infection which renders a person Tammey or spiritually defiled. A Kohen, and not a doctor, is instructed to determine if the person is truly infected. When the infection seems to be gone the Torah states that the individual is to be brought to the Kohen: וְהוּבָא אֶל הַכֹּהֵן, (Lev. 14,2) to determine if indeed the person has recovered and to instruct him about the method of purification. The very next verse states: וְיָצָא הַכֹּהֵן, “the Kohen shall go forth…” to the individual.

First it stated the infected person is to be brought to the Kohen. The next verse states that the Kohen is to go to the person. Rabbi Moshe Feinstein points out the contradiction and gives a very potent explanation. He maintains that the person should come to the Kohen but if he doesn’t than the Kohen should go to him. He then adds that “every teacher or person who can influence others must keep this mind and do so.”

This is extremely important for everyone to take heed. We often see how we can help someone but wait for that person to ask and hesitate to offer. Not all people will ask. We must extend ourselves and make the first move.

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