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At what point in history did Tzra'as stop happening? Was it sudden or gradual? Do we have any sources that suggest that it could still occur today?

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I suppose it's possible that Kohanim stopped declaring it before people stopped getting it (if that ever happened). – Double AA Jul 19 '12 at 5:13
do you have a source that Tzara'as stopped happening? – Menachem Jul 23 '12 at 9:33
I think there is still such a thing as Tzaraat: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Leprosy_Day – Adam Mosheh Aug 10 '12 at 15:15
Modern leprosy is not tzra'at. – chaimp Aug 13 '12 at 2:57
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If nowadays a Cohen declares somebody (or a garment or a house) as having Tzara'at, then that declaration is valid and the laws of Tzara'at kick in. All this assuming that the "blotch" in question has the correct size and color.

The Ramabm in הלכות טומאת צרעת פרק י"א:י"א - says that the process for "curing" the Mezora from Tzara'as is followed even nowadays - even outside of Israel.

Note that the last step in the "curing" process - that of bringing a Korban - is not done, since we don't have a Bet HaMikdash - and is not needed unless the person wants to eat Korbanot (which can't be done nowadays any.)

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"is not needed unless the person wants to eat Korbanot"? It's a mitzva, innit? – msh210 Jul 23 '12 at 16:10
I'm not seeing 11:11 in "Tum'as Tzaraas". – msh210 Jul 23 '12 at 16:12
See it here: mechon-mamre.org/i/a311.htm יא [ו] טהרת מצורע זו--נוהגת בארץ ובחוצה לארץ, בפני הבית ושלא בפני הבית – Danny Schoemann Jul 24 '12 at 6:03
You asked: "is not needed unless the person wants to eat Korbanot"? It's a mitzva, innit?" Not sure what you are referring to. 1. It is a Mitzva to eat Korbanot, but we can't do that nowadays. 2. It's a Mitzva to Metaher the Metzora, as the Rambam (ibid) says: וכוהן שטימאו, מצווה לטהרו--שנאמר "לטהרו, או לטמאו" – Danny Schoemann Jul 24 '12 at 6:04
I meant #2. Bringing a korban m'tzora is (part of) a mitzva. – msh210 Jul 24 '12 at 6:25

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