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In Parshat Metzora, beginning with Vayikra 14:33, we are told about the strange plague of Tzaraat that was found in the walls of homes in the Land of Israel.

Our sages offer two very different explanations for why Hashem would afflict a home in this way.

Tzaraat is a punishment associated with gossip and selfishness. Rambam says that when a person would be selfish with his property, Hashem, in his mercy, would first afflict his home, then his garments and finally the person himself, giving that individual time to repent.

Rashi cites another approach. When B'nai Yisroel were about to conquer Eretz Yisroel, the Canaanites hid their valuables in the walls of their houses. Hashem, in his kindness, placed the Tzaraas right where the treasure was hidden so that it would be found.

Pirkei Avot is studied by world Jewry particularly between Pesach and the High Holidays. In Chapter 1:9 we are taught to examine witnesses thoroughly and the Talmud (Gemara) teaches in Taanis 11a, that the walls of a person's house testify regarding his character.

When you visit a home, the paintings on the walls and the books on the shelves tell you a lot about the type of people who live there.

To obtain the blessings of Hashem upon your home, let your walls be your witnesses.



The Shabbat before Pesach is called Shabbat Hagadol - The Great Shabbat. On this Shabbat B'nai Yisroel demonstrated their great faith in Hashem. It was on this day, in Egypt that B'nai Yisroel took sheep, an Egyptian deity, and told their captors that they intended to sacrifice those sheep as Moshe instructed them. This act took great courage and faith in Hashem and they were rewarded with divine protection.

When you put faith in Hashem ahead of your fears, Hashem responds.

Kol Tov!  Our best to's all good. Shabbat Shalom, CM


Why would a gossiper be punished with Tzaraat? How does that penalty fit the offense?


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