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Parshat Metzora starts off very awkwardly for the casual
reader. The Torah tells us that once a Metzora (someone who
spoke negatively about another) is qualified to become pure,
which is after 7 days of being impure, then he is brought to the
Kohen (priest). But the very next Passuk (verse) says that the
Kohen then goes out to greet the man, and inspects that the
leprosy is gone. But if we read further, we learn that the man
has to bring two birds as an offering to Hashem for his sins,
but only one of the birds is killed while the other is released.
Commentaries explain that birds don't stop chirping, and the man
also didn't stop speaking when he should have. Cute. But why
does he bring TWO birds, if only one gets killed?
The Lekach Tov explains that if there was only one bird
offering, and that bird was killed, one would think that talking
was never good, when in fact that's not true. The bird that is
released shows us that there is as much good that one can do
with his/her mouth as there is bad. Talking about Torah, helping
others with anything, be it with work or with homework! We often
don't realize what an impact we can have by the things we say.
If a smile can do so much to brighten someone's day, just think
of what a simple friendly conversation can do (even for
strangers)! Focusing on all the good we CAN do will hopefully
distance us from the bad we shouldn't do.