Parashat Metzora Atop the Ruins of the Leprous House

These passages do not depict reality; they are neither prose nor poetry, neither actual laws nor myths. They represent a purely intellectual text.

In this week’s Torah portion (Leviticus 14:1 – 15:33), God tells Moses and Aaron that, when the Israelites arrive in the Promised Land and become its rightful heirs, he might strike their walls of their homes with leprosy. When that happens, the owners will have to vacate and summon a priest. The latter will then decide whether it is sufficient enough to remove the stricken stones...