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, Kohelet Yeshiva. Chief Academic Officer, Kohelet Foundation. Fascinated with the Jewish future.