Tazria-Metzora

The Gemara in Yoma (39b) tells us that 40 years before the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash many miracles that had been occurring ceased due to the sins of the Jewish people.   The Gemara also describes the miracle that the doors to the Heichel would open on their own.  This was a tremendous miracle because when these doors opened, the sound could be heard over 16,000 amos away because they were so heavy.  The Gemara continues to explain that even though this miracle continued during the forty years preceding the destruction, R’ Yochanan Ben Zakkai yelled at the walls and said “I know you will be destroyed  – this miracle doesn’t help us”.  The Ber Yosef asks why this miracle continued to occur during these last 40 years when other miracles had stopped, and why did R’ Yochanan feel the need to stop this miracle as well?

The Gemara in Yoma (9a) tells us that the first Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because the Jews committed the three cardinal sins:  idol worship; immoral relationships; and murder.  The second Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because of baseless hatred.  The Chofetz Chaim explains that baseless hatred alone would not have been enough to warrant such a drastic punishment.   The Jewish people were punished with the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash because they were speaking slanderously about others as a result of baseless hatred.

The Ber Yosef explains that the reason the doors would open by themselves was to tell the Jewish people that their sin was because of slanderous speech.  The Gemara in Arachin describes the tongue as surrounded by two walls: one of bone and one of flesh.  These serve as protectors of our speech so that we can remember to only speak positive things.  The miracle to keep the doors open was to show that just as there is no protection in this wall because the doors are wide open, so, too, we are not using the protection Hashem gave us to protect us from improper speech.  This was the reason that Hashem allowed this miracle to continue while all of the other miracles were stopped.  The Ber Yosef continues to explain why R’ Yochanan wanted to stop this miracle.  R’ Yochanan’s message was that if the prophesy of Zecharia didn’t bring a stop to the evil slander, certainly this miracle will be lost on the Jewish people.

We should use the parshayos that deal with tzaaras as an opportunity to think about how to use our speech properly which will hopefully merit the bringing of Mashiach and the rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash.

 

The Gemara in Yoma (39b) tells us that 40 years before the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash many miracles that had been occurring ceased due to the sins of the Jewish people.   The Gemara also describes the miracle that the doors to the Heichel would open on their own.  This was a tremendous miracle because when these doors opened, the sound could be heard over 16,000 amos away because they were so heavy.  The Gemara continues to explain that even though this miracle continued during the forty years preceding the destruction, R’ Yochanan Ben Zakkai yelled at the walls and said “I know you will be destroyed  – this miracle doesn’t help us”.  The Ber Yosef asks why this miracle continued to occur during these last 40 years when other miracles had stopped, and why did R’ Yochanan feel the need to stop this miracle as well?

The Gemara in Yoma (9a) tells us that the first Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because the Jews committed the three cardinal sins:  idol worship; immoral relationships; and murder.  The second Beis Hamikdash was destroyed because of baseless hatred.  The Chofetz Chaim explains that baseless hatred alone would not have been enough to warrant such a drastic punishment.   The Jewish people were punished with the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash because they were speaking slanderously about others as a result of baseless hatred.

The Ber Yosef explains that the reason the doors would open by themselves was to tell the Jewish people that their sin was because of slanderous speech.  The Gemara in Arachin describes the tongue as surrounded by two walls: one of bone and one of flesh.  These serve as protectors of our speech so that we can remember to only speak positive things.  The miracle to keep the doors open was to show that just as there is no protection in this wall because the doors are wide open, so, too, we are not using the protection Hashem gave us to protect us from improper speech.  This was the reason that Hashem allowed this miracle to continue while all of the other miracles were stopped.  The Ber Yosef continues to explain why R’ Yochanan wanted to stop this miracle.  R’ Yochanan’s message was that if the prophesy of Zecharia didn’t bring a stop to the evil slander, certainly this miracle will be lost on the Jewish people.

We should use the parshayos that deal with tzaaras as an opportunity to think about how to use our speech properly which will hopefully merit the bringing of Mashiach and the rebuilding of the Beis Hamikdash.