“When you arrive in Canaan, I will give a tzara’as affliction upon your house.”
~ Leviticus 14:34

In order to purify a house afflicted with tzara’as, a leprosy-like spiritual disorder, partial demolition was required.

Why then refer to it as a gift?

The Canaanites hid their valuables in the walls of their homes when they heard the Israelites were coming. To give them this wealth, God placed tzara’as where the valuables were concealed, so that when the afflicted stones were removed the treasure would be revealed.

Life has moments of pain. Look deeper and you’ll find treasure.




“He must sit in isolation, alone outside the camp.”
~ Leviticus 13:46

Although there are several forms of spiritual impurity, only Tzara’as requires the afflicted to be separated from the community to get purified.


This affliction comes from slander. The quarrels caused by this person’s words made friends separate and marriages split. So just as he caused others to be alone, so too he should be alone.

But more than tit-for-tat, this process is essential for genuine growth, because you can’t really change until you’ve personally felt the pain you’ve caused.