A Week of Silence – Tazria

A Week of Silence – Tazria

Is there anything more G-dly than what a mother experiences when bringing life into the world?
Could anything possibly come close to that sense of closeness to the divine?

After such an exalted state of mind, heart and soul, what is a mother to do? How can she relate to anything in this world?

There is a very powerful pasuk in our parsha, a pasuk which has caused many to wonder what lies behind the meaning of pure and impure. The Torah tells us that after giving birth, a woman must sit ‘bidmei tahara’, literally translated as ‘she shall remain in the blood of her purity’. Thank G-d, we are
living in a world that demands to understand a deeper meaning of this commandment.

Reb Shmelke of Nikelsberg points out that the word ‘bidmei’ (in the blood) comes from the word ‘dmama’, silence, and not necessarily ‘dam’, blood.

This concept is so absolutely mind-blowing. After a woman gives birth she has the most awesome privilege in the world, to keep her secrets with G-d.

The secrets G-d shares with the mother while bringing life into this world are far beyond any other revelation known to man. So after completing the act of birth, the new ‘mom’ has a week to begin to take in all that she has learned and that which was revealed to her.

Good Shabbos

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