This week’s Torah portion is a double portion! It is a combination of both portions Tazria and Metzora. In them, we learn about what happens when people are sick. First, we learn that God wants us to do things that keep us healthy. When we’re healthy we can spend more time with family and play longer!
Can you come up with some ideas about how to keep people healthy at home?
Eating good foods, getting plenty of sleep, and doing exercise are some good places to start, but we can always come up with more ideas.
When people are sick, they can sometimes feel afraid. It can be scary to be alone and far away from the people you love. In the Torah, Aaron and his family, who were not doctors, taught us a really important idea to help those people. It is called, ביקור חולים, bikur holim, visiting the sick. In normal times, when someone is sick, we can go visit them, bring them flowers or presents. Today, it isn’t safe to do that, but we can think of new ways to help people know that we care about them.
What are some ways we can tell the people we love we care about them?
Drawing and sending them pictures, sending them letters, and calling them are all easy ways to share love with someone you care about.
In Tazria-Metzora, we are reminded that even though we aren’t doctors, there is still a lot we can do for people who are sick. We also learn how important it is to take care of ourselves and the people around us.
Read more on our Youth Tefillah page.