The Ailment of
Part 4: When It All Turns White
What happens if the whole skin turns white?
You would think the person has reached the peak of impurity, right?
The person then becomes pure!
Does that make sense??
Because we’re dealing here with a different type of Tzaraat.
- At first, you can’t tell.
- All Tzaraat cases start with white spots.
- If those white spots keep spreading,
- The Metzora is declared impure
- And removed from the community.
- All Metzora cases are rejected
- But we hope they’d recover.
- Especially after learning (in Part 1) of the great potential hidden in Tzaraat.
Hopes of Recovery
- And then something strange happens:
- This type of Tzaraat gets worse and worse,
- Until it spreads to cover the whole body.
- Not one inch of normal flesh!
- His normality is totally lost.
- And so too any hope of recovery
Why is this happening?!
Sometimes when things fall apart
they’re actually falling into place.
What’s Fallen Apart?
- This completely-white Metzora,
- Together with all the aspirations we had for him.
- We feel very bad for that Metzora,
- And for ourselves, having invested our hopes in him.
What's fallen into place?
- We disassociate ourselves from that Metzora
- Close that chapter.
- And move on to reinvest our hopes in a better, worthier cause.
He is Neutralised
- Look at him – he’s white from head to toe
- His abnormality can no longer be disguised.
- His fan-base has diminished.
- Who’s going to vouch for him now?!
- His harmful energies are thus neutralized.
- No longer does he pose danger to the community.
He is “Pure”
- The Completely-White Metzora is now pure,
- But this status isn’t testimony of good nature.
- Rather of his inability to adversely impact (impurify) others.
- Normal Tzaraat is applicable to people of internal perfection
- Hence it eventually heals and with flying colors.
- Completely-White Tzaraat is applicable to people who are rotten to the core.
- Hence it’s terminal in its very nature.
It’s really wicked people like Pharaoh who had such Tzaraat.
More about Pharaoh and his Tzaraat later.
|Normal Tzaraat||Completely-White Tzaraat|
|Apparent Condition||Impure - reject||Impure - reject|
|Extent of Condition||Some spots||The whole body (eventually)|
|Assessment||Fixable - there's hope||Unfixable - hopeless|
|Remedy/Prescription||Fix by Torah & humility||Forget and move on|
|Examples||Moses, Miriam, David||Pharaoh|
Normal Tzaraat has a central role in the Messianic Process
(As explained in Part 3).
has a pivotal role as well.
Tzaraat Part 4 - when it all turns white
By Itamar Hatzvi