Two years ago on the Friday preceding Parshat Tazria-Metzora, I used the weekly Parshat HaShavua slot at Kohelet Yeshiva High School to lay out an approach to seemingly "hard" halakhot. I challenged our students to ask two questions each time they hit up against a halakha or a set of halakhot that strike them as difficult, irrelevant, or antiquated:
1. Is there beauty I'm not seeing?
2. What's the bigger picture?
As an example, I pointed to the halakha which emerges from the beginning of this week's parsha which requires a husband and wife to separate from each other immediately after childbirth. Inspired by an insight found in Ha'amek Davar (Varikra 12:2), I offered these thoughts as a means of seeing both the hidden beauty and the larger context of one of young adulthood's hardest halakhot.
Head of School of Kohelet Yeshiva. Co-Designer and Creator of Yeshiva Lab School. Fascinated with the Jewish future.