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I think the P'Shat here is that R' Yehuda ben Beseira is being praised for strengthening and substantiating the words of the Chachomim, not for the wisdom of the actual reason. There is a similar exchange between these Tannaim in 9:3 and there, the Tosfos Yom Tov explains the praise Chachom Gadol. "You are a Chachom Gadol because you supported the words of ...


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Rav Ozer Alport addresses this question in his weekly parsha sheet. "The Shaarei Simcha answers that people who are well-known for their evil ways will have a difficult time trying to ensnare innocent, unsuspecting victims. On the other hand, those people whose wickedness is concealed represent a much greater threat. One of the purposes of tzara'as is to ...


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Yarok here means yellow, as DoubleAA wrote in the comments. As for your question, what is the difference between Yarok and Tzahov, see Rashi on the passuk who says Tzahov is similar to gold. So now we have two colors in the yellow family, one we'll call yellow which is pure, and one which we'll call a golden yellow which is impure. See also Tosafos Succah ...



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