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Tzaraat, often mistranslated "leprosy", is an ailment occupying Vayikra chapters 13 and 14 as well as many later works.

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Asymmetry of R. Meir's times to inspect tzara'at (Nega'im 2:2)

Nega'im 2:2: אֵין רוֹאִים הַנְּגָעִים בַּשַּׁחֲרִית וּבֵין הָעַרְבַּיִם, וְלֹא בְתוֹךְ הַבַּיִת, וְלֹא בַיּוֹם הַמְעֻנָּן, לְפִי שֶׁהַכֵּהָה נִרְאֵית עַזָּה. וְלֹא בַצָּהֳרַיִם, לְפִי שֶׁעַזָּה ...
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How do different colours combine to exempt from impurity? (Nega'im 1:3)

Nega'im 1:3: אַרְבָּעָה מַרְאוֹת הָאֵלּוּ מִצְטָרְפִין זֶה עִם זֶה ... לִפְטֹר אֶת הָעוֹמֵד בְּסוֹף שָׁבוּעַ שֵׁנִי.‏ These four appearances [of Negaim] combine, one with the other ... to ...
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How is צָרַעַת (skin disease) like snow?

צָרַעַת, traditionally translated as leprosy, (perhaps skin disease is more accurate) is compared to snow in three locations: Exodus 4:6 (ESV) 6 Again, the Lord said to him, "Put your hand inside ...
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How painful is tzara'at

The Torah in many places speaks about tzara'at. Is there any midrash that speaks about the details of the pain of someone infected with tzara'at?
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Why didn't people conceal Tzaraat?

As far as I can tell, tzaraas is unlike other sources of impurity in that it is not impure until the Kohen says it's impure. So why didn't the kohanim just not inspect the tzaraas, especially around ...
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Razor used by Leviyim ,Nezirim and Leper’s

וְכֹֽה־תַעֲשֶׂ֤ה לָהֶם֙ לְטַֽהֲרָ֔ם הַזֵּ֥ה עֲלֵיהֶ֖ם מֵ֣י חַטָּ֑את וְהֶעֱבִ֤ירוּ תַ֙עַר֙ עַל־כָּל־בְּשָׂרָ֔ם וְכִבְּס֥וּ בִגְדֵיהֶ֖ם וְהִטֶּהָֽרוּ׃ This is what you shall do to them, to purify them; ...
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Why would the Torah give us mitzvot that will never actually happen?

The Gemara in Sanhedrin 71a tells us a few mitzvot in the Torah that will never happen: First, a ben sorer u'moreh בן סורר ומורה לא היה ולא עתיד להיות ולמה נכתב דרוש וקבל שכר There has never ...
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What is a Safek Muchlat? (i.e. unsure if he's a full-fledged Metzora)

The Mishna in Nazir 8:2 (Daf 59b and various other times in tractate Nazir) discusses a person who may or may not be a Metzora that is supposed to be sent out of the city walls. To quote with the ...
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So what if there's no Kohen for Miriam? [duplicate]

In Rashi's second explanation of Behaaloscha 12:12, he says אִם אֵינְךָ רוֹפְאָהּ בִּתְפִלָּה, מִי מַסְגִּירָהּ,מִי מְטַהֲרָהּ? אֲנִי אִ"אֶ לִרְאוֹתָהּ, שֶׁאֲנִי קָרוֹב וְאֵין קָרוֹב רוֹאֶה אֶת הַנְּגָעִים, ...
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What caused Na'aman's tzara'at? [duplicate]

Talmud Erchin 16a (Thanks to DoubleAA for the reference.) says that one of the causes of tzara'at is vain oaths. The supporting verses cites Gehazi's taking a gift from Na'aman, and Elsiha telling him ...
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Illustrated Tzara'at

I have indirectly heard of someone in a school (I think it's a yeshiva student) who is doing a research project on various medical conditions. She decided to discuss tzara'at and compare what the ...
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Do Kohanim check Tzaraas on covered parts of the body?

A Kohen has to do an inspection of one who got Tzaraas. What would he do if the person who got Tzaraas was a woman, and the Tzaraas was in a "covered place". How would a Kohen inspect it?
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Why is the title “אדם” considered important?

In the pasuk (Vayikra 13:2), sefaria translates: אָדָ֗ם כִּֽי־יִהְיֶ֤ה בְעוֹר־בְּשָׂרוֹ֙ שְׂאֵ֤ת אֽוֹ־סַפַּ֙חַת֙ א֣וֹ בַהֶ֔רֶת וְהָיָ֥ה בְעוֹר־בְּשָׂר֖וֹ לְנֶ֣גַע צָרָ֑עַת וְהוּבָא֙ אֶל־...
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Gechazi's accursed descendants

Elisha cursed Gechazi with permanent Tzaares for all his generations. Is this the root of modern day Psoriasis? note the similarity in sound of illness...
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Why is there no tzara'at nowadays [duplicate]

In the Torah it says clearly that the punishment for speaking Lashon Hara' is צרעת. Why then do we not see this happening as an immediate or even delayed punishment nowadays? And why does the Torah ...
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Priests and leprosy

According to Leviticus 13, priests were to examine potential cases of leprosy. Wouldn't the process of examination put the priest in danger of contracting leprosy himself? Did the priests take ...
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Leviticus 13:4 Quarantined where?

According to Leviticus 13:4, those suspected to have leprosy were to be quarantined. Where were they quarantined?
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A question on the Mishna, Negaim 11:7

In Negaim 11:5, the mishna lists one of the preconditions for burning a garment: if its green or red discolouration hasn't changed for two weeks. Two mishnayot later, in 11:7, Rabbi Eliezer is asked ...
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Paradox in Tzarat

why is a person afflicted with tzarat not considered tamei if it is from head to toe (Lev.13:12). It would certainly seem like a kal v'chomer (a fortiori), namely if one has this tzarat rash he is ...
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Real green hair?

I've seen people with their hair dyed green, but I was under the impression that nobody has naturally green hair. But Rashi says (Tazria 13:37) שער שחר - מנין אף הירוק והאדום שאינו צהוב? תלמוד ...
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If one has tzaraat but doesn't seek a Kohen

In parashat Tazria it mentions the Kohen's involvement of identifying tzaraat and rendering the person pure/impure (about 50 times!). Rashi (13:3) says that the Kohen's involvement in declaring 'pure\...
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Understanding a qal vechomer in the Mishna

This is a fairly long-handled question, but it boils down to a desire to understand R' Shimon's qal vechomer in the Mishna, Negaim 10:2. Usually, for a qal vechomer to work, there needs to be a ...
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How common was tzaraas?

Tzaraas (discussed in Vayikra 13-14) is a human skin disease that renders its victim impure and subjects him to many laws. In a different form, tzaraas can also affect clothing and houses. It is ...
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Why weren't the spies afflicted with tzara'at (leprosy)?

Refer to Avot D'Rebbi Natan ch. 9 (ver. א. In summary, he comments on Numbers 14:22: surely all those men that have seen My glory, and My signs, which I wrought in Egypt and in the wilderness, ...
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When does טומאת הסגר begin?

When the Chumash speaks about a kohen's seeing some tzaraas on a person's body for the first time, it says the kohen "shall defile" (Vayikra 13:3, 13:11, 13:20, 13:25, 13:30, 13:44). Rashi (13:3) ...
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How does Tzaraat work without God seriously intervening in the natural world?

The concept of Tzaraat is confusing. Essentially, soon after slandering your friend, you are to be afflicted by this mysterious skin or clothing discolouration as a punishment and then excommunicated....
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Can Tzaraas be Declared Nowadays? [duplicate]

Based on my understanding of Tzaraas, it seems like what ultimately makes or breaks whether a person is considered impure is whether or not the Kohen declares the person impure. What would happen ...
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What's the deeper meaning behind Miriam's punishment?

It is classically explained that Miriam received tzaras for what she said about moshe and the reason her punishment was so harsh was being a holy person even a small mistake is magnified to be a ...
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Hidden treasure for speaking lashon Harah?

The Torah Vayikra 14:34 introduces the topic of tzara'ath on houses as if it were a good tiding - from this, the Midrash learns that the good tiding is finding hidden treasure when having to demolish ...
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Why was Naaman afflicted with tzaraas specifically?

In Kings II 5:1 we are told that Naaman the general of Aram was afflicted with tzaraas. I have seen several explanations which outline something he did wrong, the punishment for which was tzaraas. ...
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Why do we get “so did they do” for the commandment of expelling tamei people in Parashat Naso?

Parashat Naso, in Numbers 5:1-3, presents a commandment to "send from the camp" anyone who is tamei due to either tzara'at or a zav-type discharage. After that, we have Verse 4, affirming that the ...
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When did people stop getting Tazra'as?

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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Can there be a Minyan of lepers?

Inspired by this question. Can lepers form a Minyan, or is that an inherent contradiction in the status of a Metzora'?
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Why did Aharon request that Hashem declare Miriam pure?

Rashi says that one of the meanings of Aharon's prayer regarding Miriam ("Let her not be like the dead, which comes out of his mother's womb with half his flesh consumed!"; Bamidbar 12:12) was that ...
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Was Naaman tamei from tzaraas?

In Melachim Bet 5:10 we read: וַיִּשְׁלַח אֵלָיו אֱלִישָׁע, מַלְאָךְ לֵאמֹר: הָלוֹךְ, וְרָחַצְתָּ שֶׁבַע-פְּעָמִים בַּיַּרְדֵּן, וְיָשֹׁב בְּשָׂרְךָ לְךָ וּטְהָר.‏ And Elisha sent a ...
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Is a metzorah oleh l'regel?

A metzorah has to sit outside the city (Mishna Keilim 1:7). Does this mean that he is exempt from the commandment to be oleh l'regel in yerushalayim?
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Are the airuv rav compared to tza'ras?

Looking for a source in chazal that compare the airuv rav to tza'ras. I have vague recollection of learning something to this effect once and it would make a killer addition to my Shavuos dvar torah....
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Why is a “leper” allowed to sit with other “lepers”?

In Parshat Tazria (Vayikra 13:46) we are told: All the days the lesion is upon him, he shall remain unclean. He is unclean; he shall dwell isolated; his dwelling shall be outside the camp As Rashi ...
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Connection between the metzora's purification and the Four Species of Sukkos?

In the procedure prescribed for the first stage of a metzora's purification (Lev. 14:1-7), the Torah lists four items to be dipped into a mixture of blood and water: a live bird, a piece of cedar wood,...
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Why no procedure with birds, etc., for clothing tzaraas?

The Torah (Lev. 14:1-7) prescribes that when a person is healed of a tzaraas lesion, a kohen is to perform, as the first step in his purification, a procedure involving two birds and several other ...
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Why are these korbanos waved?

A few offerings are waved (moved upward, downward, back, and forth) as a part of the process of offering them. If I'm not mistaken, the following is a complete list: The asham of the m'tzora, while ...
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Why does Rebbe Yehoshua need a passuk?

The Gemara (Nazir 65b) says that Rabbi Yehoshua learns from the passuk of לטהרו או לטמאו that the case of ספק שיער לבן קדם ספק בהרת קדמה the halacha is טהור. The question is why he needs a passuk to ...
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Not Negah but Like a Negah

Why when calling the Cohen even if you clearly know the Psak you cant say I have a Negah at home Instead of saying "Kanegah Nireh Li Babayis" Like a Negah?
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Why is there a “Good” Type of Tzaraas?

I understand there's the type that actually makes a person Tamei, because the person did bad things (e.g. spoke Lashon Hara). But assuming tzaraas stems from a spiritual affliction, what purpose does ...