If you think a leper
has a hard time changing his spots, how about a house of leprosy!
Oy gevalt! First of all, why would Tzora'at hit
Well, there are a few reasons.
Tzora'at on a house is a tell tale sign that something
miserably is going on.
If a house in Eretz Yisroel has a red or green spot
that looks like Tzora'at, the owner has to call the Kohain.
The kohain orders the owner to clean out the entire house
before he makes a 'house call' to check, otherwise all the belongings
could become Tamay.
This is part of the punishment for the miserable owner: Now
everyone will know exactly what they have hidden in their house.
Nothing remains behind closed doors.
If the owner is smart, they realizes that this is their chance
to do Teshuva, Since Tzora'at comes from spiritual
problems, Hashem could cure or make the spots lighter
before the Kohain gets to the house.
If the spots are still there when the Kohain makes
his 'house call', the Kohain locks up the house for seven
days. Seven days later if the spots are gone or lighter the Kohain
declares the house pure. If the spots are larger, the Kohain
orders the owner to chop out the bricks that have Tzora'at
and replace them with new bricks. Then the house becomes off limits
for another week.
If the Tzora'at returns again, the Kohain
declares that the house must be demolished.
If the Tzora'at is gone, the house goes through the
same purifying ritual as a Metzorah, two birds, spring
water and the tied sticks. The water is sprinkled on the doorpost
The whole experience is bound to be a humbling one and you can
bet that a great lesson is learned by the family!
As we said in our last episode, Tzora'at only occured
in the time of the Mishkan and the Bait Hamikdash
and only in Eretz Yisroel. In our time we have no Tzora'at
. But that doesn't mean we may speak Lashon Hora.
Tune in next week when we answer the question that lingers in everyone's
mind, "What did happen after the death of Aharon's two sons?"
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