Friday, April 12, 2013

Did you Really Fire All the Bad People?

The term, "cleaning house", ever wonder where it came from? I think I might know.

Every time something really bad goes on at a company every newspaper or columnist says they will be cleaning house. But aside from firing everyone, what does this really mean? Since the same companies tend to get in trouble often, you might think they would learn from their mistakes. One could also think, the term is not really true since obviously the house is still unclean.

This week's parsha, a double parsha, pretty much sums up this entire idea. Leprosy is the topic and in order to clean your house of it, it was considered a spiritual flaw of the individual, the Cohen had to do some tasks.
It could get pretty detailed but here are a few lines about it from Chapter 14.

41.And he shall scrape out the house from the inside, all around, and they shall pour out the [mortar] dust from what they scraped, outside the city, into an unclean place.
 
מא. וְאֶת הַבַּיִת יַקְצִעַ מִבַּיִת סָבִיב וְשָׁפְכוּ אֶת הֶעָפָר אֲשֶׁר הִקְצוּ אֶל מִחוּץ לָעִיר אֶל מָקוֹם טָמֵא:
44.then the kohen shall come and look [at it]. Now, [if] the lesion in the house has spread, it is malignant tzara'ath in the house; it is unclean. מד. וּבָא הַכֹּהֵן וְרָאָה וְהִנֵּה פָּשָׂה הַנֶּגַע בַּבָּיִת צָרַעַת מַמְאֶרֶת הִוא בַּבַּיִת טָמֵא הוּא:
45. He shall demolish the house, its stones, its wood, and all the [mortar] dust of the house, and he shall take [them] outside the city, to an unclean place. מה. וְנָתַץ אֶת הַבַּיִת אֶת אֲבָנָיו וְאֶת עֵצָיו וְאֵת כָּל עֲפַר הַבָּיִת וְהוֹצִיא אֶל מִחוּץ לָעִיר אֶל מָקוֹם טָמֵא:
If your unclean habits run so deep into your walls, your house had to be demolished. You could try to clean the house, but if you are the problem, no amount of cleaning will help you. 

Just a little thing to think about in a world of perpetual "cleaning house" stories.

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Parsha Tazria-Metzora in the book of Vayikra 12:1 - 13:59 and  14:1-15:33
It is said that the Torah or Bible could be interpreted in over 70 ways. More likely these days 100's of ways. In light of this idea, I am writing some posts that bring a business sense to what we can learn on a weekly basis. Enjoy, Shabbat Shalom