Colors: Green Color

I always say that a speaker loves to get some kind of feedback when he concludes his speech, even if it’s just “sh’koiach!” It means that at least someone noticed that he was speaking. The same is true with a writer. Even the most seasoned writer still loves to hear some kind of acknowledgement of his thoughts. Naturally, positive feedback is much more appreciated than negative. But negative feedback is better than no feedback. At least someone paid attention to the fact that you wrote something.

The parshiyos that we read this past Shabbos, Tazria-M’tzora, are difficult to expound upon. They almost entirely deal with the now long-obsolete matter of the skin disease that afflicts a slanderer. His body, his house, and his belongings can be determined to be infected with tzaraas by a local kohen. His purification involves being banished outside the “camp of Israel” until pronounced ready to return. As the Torah states, “He shall dwell in isolation; his dwelling shall be outside the camp” (VaYikra 13:46). As Rav Chaim Shmuelevitz explains, one of the worst punishments a person can face is isolation, being cut off from our fellow human beings. Don’t we know that all too well!

It’s great being a liberal. You don’t have to give much thought to your positions or the repercussions. Just come up with a catchy phrase that makes you feel good all over. Need to deal with a serious problem? Create another one to solve it. Don’t like the burden of respecting the life of the unborn? Just say you’re pro-choice and let the baby be killed at full-term. But you don’t like the state taking the life of a murderer? Just say, “Thou Shalt Not Kill” means the state. Don’t like women being harassed at work? Just come up with #MeToo, and poof! The accused is done away with, with no due process. Feel that the poor criminals are being discriminated against by not being able to post bail? Just do way with bail altogether. Too bad on the rest of society. Feel bad for illegal immigrants being incarcerated for violating the law? Call them “undocumented” and now they get better treatment than you or I do.