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Rabbi Menashe Klein writes in his מגיד משנה, that the houses of both the righteous and the sinners (whether tattlers or misers) can be afflicted with צרעת. Whether treasure will be found depends on whether or not the owner is righteous. Onlookers would have no way of knowing whether the צרעת has come to punish or to reward. That way, the sinner would be ...


When we learned the parsha our rav explained that there are different reasons for a house getting tzora'as. The reason of lashon hara is as specified by the Rambam shown in the question is only one of the possibilities. Another possibility is that it comes to punish stinginess See link In identifying the reason that Tzoraas came upon a person’s house, ...

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