Dvar Malchus Tzaria-Metzora 5751
This Generation is Completely Rectified; Remaining External Signs of Disease Can Be Rectified Through Torah—Learning About Moshiach Speeds Geulah.
|For this sicha it is necessary to define the following terms: Tzora’as—a supernatural illness where certain types of lesions appear on the skin (not the physical disease of “leprosy”); Metzora—One who suffers from this illness (sometimes called a ‘leper’); Nega (plural: Negoyim)—the general name of the lesions associated with the disease.|
Moshiach in Exile is Called “Metzora”
With the completion of the month of Nissan of the year 5751 [when the sicha was spoken] “all the end times have passed” (“kolu kol hakitzin”): both ketz hayamim and keitz hayemin, in a simple sense (”kipshuto mamash”). [Ketz Hayamim=the end of the “left side” of klipa; Ketz Hayemin=the end (meaning: the starting point) of the “right side” of holiness.] This is in addition to the fact that the statement “kolu kol hakitzin” was said in the times of the Gemara. [The Rebbe is making clear that he is not merely quoting the gemara, but that something new has taken place that was not included in the intent of the sages. The “Ketz HaYemin” is a most noteworthy expression, indicating more than the just end of exile, but also the beginning (although still concealed) of Geulah.] The parsha Tazria begins with the words “a woman who gives seed and gives birth to a male”—this hints at the birth (revelation) of the soul of Moshiach. Giving seed, this refers to our deeds and effort (“avodah”) in the time of exile, followed immediately by the sprouting—the complete Geulah.
Metzora refers to Moshiach; as our sages say: he bears our sicknesses. The name of Moshiach in the time of exile is “Metzora”. The opening words of this parsha, “This is the Torah of the metzora on the day of his purification”—the day of his purification, the day that his nega (skin lesion associated with tzora’as) is healed, meaning his condition when he is revealed and redeems the children of Israel in the true Geulah.
What is the connection? Tazria is birth, meaning Geulah; metzora is one who needs to be brought to purification. Seemingly, if the eternal Geulah is born, it is not related in any way to the state of a metzora, who is connected with exile. However, the content of parshas Tazria is all about the various types of lesions of a metzora, a matter of exile. And parshas Metzora teaches the laws of the purification of the metzora—the matter of Geulah. Seemingly, it should be reversed.
Tzora’as—Illness After Completing Everything
The verse that begins to describe the illness of tzora’as states “A man who has a on the skin of his flesh…” The word for man here is “Adam”, “Adam is a great level, the perfection of everything” (Zohar Tazria, 48a). Although he has rectified everything, nonetheless, on the skin of his flesh the evil is still not refined, the waste material remains. He has refined his nefesh and his body, only the ends of his garments are still not refined; but this is only an external matter. [Let us recall that according to Chassidus the garments of the soul are thought, speech, and action.] This condition is not connected at all to the “essence” (etzem, atzmiyus) of the person, not even to his flesh which changes through eating and drinking. It is only related to the skin which surrounds him externally. And even this—there is a nega present on the skin (from the word “nogea”, meaning to touch—not even the skin itself is really affected).