In this week’s Torah portion, Tazria, the Torah addresses a wide variety of skin diseases, providing us with a lens into an ancient world where sickness seemed incurable by human beings. These passages in Leviticus are some of the most difficult to read, especially in light of the fact that modern medicine can treat these ailments today with creams and pills. As we read these ancient treatments of the human body, it is truly amazing how far we have come in our abilities to attend to the most life threatening afflictions.
April is National Organ Donation Awareness Month. Please take a moment to watch the following video. It is less than 2 minutes long, and is one of the most moving video’s I have ever seen. It reminds us that we are blessed to be living in an age where modern medicine saves countless lives.