Parashat Tazria-Metzora / Suffering as a Rhetorical Device

Are the various types of leprosy described in the Torah intended only for the nations of the world, that is, for those who are not the readers of the Torah?

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This week’s Torah portion, Tazria-Metzora (Leviticus 12:1-15:33), deals with real life phenomena: different types of tzara’at (leprosy), se’ot (lit., risings; i.e., tumors) and sapahot (scabs), and the...