Love to be Low
This purification process for the Metsora may seem strange, but with the help of Rashi, we can see how each step represents the positive changes the Metsora has made within himself.
Here are some examples:
Part of the purification process included setting a bird free to fly away into the clear blue sky.
Now we all know that birds are really noisy. From morning to night they don’t seem to stop chattering. The Metsora was the same way, always talking, sometimes saying things he shouldn’t have. Sending the bird away represented the Metsora’s commitment to stop talking about others.
The process also involved a branch of a cedar tree (called Erez in Hebrew), a sprig of hyssop (Ayzov in Hebrew), and a string that was dyed red with special juices that came from a worm (called Tola’as).
Cedar trees grow really big, sometimes as tall as 130 feet into the air. The hyssop, on the other hand, is a very low bush. The worm, of course, was also very low – like a worm!
The lesson for the Metsora here is clear – stop acting so tall and proud like a cedar. Instead be humble just like the hyssop and the worm.