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Cleansing is a spiritual as well as a physical reality. The ritual described here has a movement and rhythm designed to deepen the healing of leprosy. Each gesture is one of caring. There is no haste, but rather a slow doing and re-doing of the movement of the Lords’ command.
Be careful about being hasty in your prayer and your spiritual exercises. Clear a space for yourself to come into the presence of God, submitting your life to the cleansing and healing power of God’s love. Once again, the basic theme of Leviticus: holiness before the Lord means to be dedicated, set apart, and uncontaminated from the “leprosy” of the world.
Faith makes rituals have power. Ritual becomes the vehicle for the grace of God.
What are these?
Anoint me and make me clean. 14:12ff
Cover me, Lord, with Your blood 14:14
The atoning love of Christ
Holy and cleansed before You
Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the third part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.
The Firestarters and readings are posted in the timezone UTC+12,
so that they are available in New Zealand and other regions
near the International Date Line.