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April 9, 2019
Rabbi Eytan Yehudah Dzikowski
What do the cedar tree and crimson stuff have to do with Tzara’at?
וְצִוָּה֙ הַכֹּהֵ֔ן וְלָקַ֧ח לַמִּטַּהֵ֛ר שְׁתֵּֽי־צִפֳּרִ֥ים חַיּ֖וֹת טְהֹר֑וֹת וְעֵ֣ץ אֶ֔רֶז וּשְׁנִ֥י תוֹלַ֖עַת וְאֵזֹֽב׃
The priest shall order two live clean birds, cedar wood, crimson stuff, and hyssop to be brought for him who is to be cleansed.
The cedar, a massive and tall tree, alludes to the sinner’s haughtiness.
The crimson thread, which comes from a small creature, and the hyssop, which is a small bush, both allude to the sinner’s need to become humble.
(Rashi, Arachin 15b-16b, Tanchuma 3)
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