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    The too hard basket – Tazria

    The leper sent outside of the camp, by Gustave Dore

    “He shall dwell alone: outside the camp shall his habitation be” (Lev. 13:46).

    We understand why the community had to be protected from contagion when a person had a loathsome disease. By extension, even today we tend to want to isolate ourselves from anyone and anything that might be problematic.

    When Rav Kook saw that some groups wanted to separate themselves from the irreligious, he said they were being idolatrous. He would have preferred people not to flee for fear of being contaminated but to remain amongst ordinary people despite their lack of religiosity, and to “contaminate” them with their own faith and belief.

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