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How is צָרַעַת (skin disease) like snow?

According to the first Mishna in Nega'im, the brightest color of Tzara'ath is the white of snow. מַרְאוֹת נְגָעִים שְׁנַיִם שֶׁהֵן אַרְבָּעָה. בַּהֶרֶת עַזָּה כַשֶּׁלֶג, שְׁנִיָּה לָהּ כְּסִיד ...
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How painful is tzara'at

I can't tell you how much pain a metzora would suffer, but a couple of Mefarshim indicate that they did experience some amount of pain. Abarbanel to Vayikra 13:1 explains why Tzara'as is called a ...
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Why is a full haircut part of the Metzora's purification process?

The Sefer Hachinuch in mitzva 174 writes: משרשי המצוה. קצת מן הטעם שאמרנו למעלה (מצוה קעג) במים כדי שיראה האדם כאלו היום נברא והיום מתחיל שערו לצמח ויחדש מעשיו לטוב, A partial explanation of the root ...
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Why didn't people conceal Tzaraat?

According to Sefer HaChinuch (Positive Commandment 169) there is an obligation incumbent upon someone afflicted with suspected tzara'at to show it to a kohen: שמצוה היא עלינו שכל מי שיהיה מצרע ...
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Leviticus 13:4 Quarantined where?

The Shadal states that he is quarantined in his own house. More interestingly, however, he quotes the Rash as saying that the translation of that verse is not "the kohen quarantines the one with the ...
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Why is the title "אדם" considered important?

The Zohar says it in Tazria 3:48a: תָּאנָא בְּכַמָּה דַּרְגִּין אִתְקְרֵי בַּר נָשׁ: אָדָם, גֶּבֶר, אֱנוֹשׁ, אִישׁ. גָּדוֹל שֶׁבְּכֻלָּם אָדָם It demonstrates this from the fact that the word ...
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Gechazi's accursed descendants

Interesting theory as to the potential translation into psoriasis, but it seems unlikely based on Rav Hirsch's challenges to those who compared tza'raas to leprosy: Tzaraat is not 'leprosy' as we ...
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Why can a baby get Tzaraas?

Negaim i.e Tzaraas skin disease - takes effect against our will whether we sin or not even without prior warning (despite the fact that sometimes one is warned as questioner assumes)Yalkut Shimoni ...
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Nigei Batim / Tzara'as of houses with a house and another level (aliya)

This halacha is brought in the Mishnah Negaim 13:3 in which it says that the upper floor is reinforced and kept standing: בַּיִת שֶׁנִּרְאָה בוֹ נֶגַע, הָיְתָה עֲלִיָּה עַל גַּבָּיו, נוֹתֵן אֶת ...
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Making tamei tahor and tahor tamei - Negaim

Chazal do note this, but they put their observation into the mouth of Korach: see Yerushalmi Sanhedrin, where Korach points out a series of inconsistencies in halachah, including the paradox of whole-...
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Do Kohanim check Tzaraas on covered parts of the body?

I'd like to propose two reasons why it should be permissible. First. The Kohen uncovers a Sotah's hair (Bamidbar 5:18). We see from here that a Kohen may uncover a woman in places she normally ...
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What's the difference between a house imparting impurity from the inside and to one entering it? (Nega'im 13:4)

Isn't a house imparting impurity from inside it doing so to one entering it? Not always. There's a Mishna later on (13:9) the describes that while you become impure upon entry, the clothes you are ...
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Why would the Torah give us mitzvot that will never actually happen?

Rav SR Hirsch addresses this question in one of his essays (which you can find online at https://web.stevens.edu/golem/llevine/rsrh/ben_sorar_moreh.pdf). He explains that these mitzvos have important ...
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Why would the Torah give us mitzvot that will never actually happen?

In a shiur by Rav Zvi Sobolofsky on YUTorah called "Inyanei Sfeikos 12," Rav Sobolofsky discusses the "בית המנוגע" (house of leprosy) and notes that while even though this is ...
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Priests and leprosy

Note that the meforshim (Rav Hirsh, Rav Sorotzkin, Ramban, Rambam, etc.) point out that tzara'at is not a natural disease and cannot be treated as a normal disease. That is, it is not similar to ...
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When does טומאת הסגר begin?

You asked: From what point is the closed-up person, garment, or house m'tame? Short snswer: When the Cohen makes a verbal declaration to that effect. Details and sources: The Rambam on the Mishna ...
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Tzoraas on clothing: the Torah describing which types of clothing?

This is a good question the Haemek Davar (Netziv) deals with. Sorry for any poor translations: Haemek Davar 13:49- ובאמת כל הפרטים מיותר בזה המקרא שהרי כבר פי׳ הכתוב במקרא הקודם. אלא בא ללמד שאינו ...
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Paradox in Tzarat

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 ...
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A question on the Mishna, Negaim 11:7

Not sure but it seems that after Mishna 5 you can believe that the Hesger, the first hesger, is practicable only if there is a surface size enough for potential spreading. In the verse also.we can get ...
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Why are doubtful nega'im (generally) pure? (Nega'im 5:1)

In short, the rational is the rules of Chazaka. My answer is based on the Rash Negayim 4.11. See Nazir 65b MISHNA: Any case of uncertainty with regard to leprous sores is initially deemed pure until ...
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Is the punishment for loshan hara death or tzaraas?

I think the answer can come from a fundamental appreciation of the genre of the Talmudic derasha. The purpose was homiletic, to exhort the masses and inspire them, rather than to be a valid kal ...
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Are there opinions that argue that tzaraas = leprosy?

In Fred Rosner's Medicine in the Bible & the Talmud, which is in large part a re-working of Julius Preuss's Biblisch-Talmudische Medizin, he includes an introductory essay by Alexander Suessman ...
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Can one remove the impurity of Tzara’at on a garment by dying it?

This halacha is discussed later on in the perek - Negaim 11:12 according to the interpretation of the Ra”v, Tiferes Yisroel and others: בֶּגֶד הַמֻּסְגָּר שֶׁנִּתְעָרֵב בַּאֲחֵרִים, כֻּלָּן טְהוֹרִים....
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Why can a baby get Tzaraas?

In the following edit of the original answer, I have tried to explain what I think @motel intended. Here is what he wrote: "and he visits the sins of the Fathers on the children". Devarim 5:...
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Can one say to the Kohen, "A nega appeared on my body"?

Tosefot Yom Tov ad loc. writes that logically it should apply to all kinds of nega'im, as the reasons for not being definitive regarding house-tzara'at apply equally well to other forms of tzara'at. ...
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What does R. Meir hold about the case in Nega'im 6:2?

It seems that the Yachin asks and answers your question: ‏ 1. ובמשנה ב' לא פליג ר"מ. Rabbi Meir agrees in mishna 2 התם מדמחיה כעדשה סי' טומאה הוא א"כ כשפושה לתוכה. נראה שנתרפא הסי' ...
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What does R. Meir hold about the case in Nega'im 6:2?

The Tosfos Yom Tov ask this very question וקשיא לי א"כ לפלוג ר"מ בהא כדקא פליג בסיפא דמטמא משום פסיון he has 2 answers: . ושמא י"ל דסתמא כרבנן וה"ל סתם ואח"כ מחלוקת This Mishna (2) follows Rabanan ...
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R. Akiva's opinion regarding tzara'at that expands and contracts (Nega'im 4:7-8)

According to the Bartenura, in Mishna 8 the baheret only "moved from West to Est" without changing size. The change of place can be seen as if the first Nega disappeared and a second, new ...
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Asymmetry of R. Meir's times to inspect tzara'at (Nega'im 2:2)

See the nusach of the Rabenu Shimshon following the Torat Kohanim. אימתי רואין בשלש שעות ובארבע ובחמש ובשש ובשבע ובשמנה ובתשע דברי ר"מ Can be this makes sense. The Melechet Shelomo says that ...
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How is צָרַעַת (skin disease) like snow?

While I'm giving Danny the space to still improve his answer, and agree with his position (see Mendelssohn's Biur here for some discussion of this, and see also Targum Shiv'im here as to whether or ...
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