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Which spiritual deficiencies led to the symptoms of tzaraat (“leprosy”)?

by Rabbi Yossi Marcus

  

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The Talmud (Erchin 15a) lists seven sins that lead to tzaraat: Gossip; murder; immorality; swearing falsely; arrogance; theft; stinginess.

Other midrashic texts add idolatry; robbing the public, and others.

(From a Kabbalistic perspective, tzaraat stems from a lack of focus on elevating the physical world and instead trying to escape it (like Nadav and Avihu). In Kabbalah- speak: ratzoh without shov.)

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Talmud
Usually referring to the Babylonian edition, it is a compilation of Rabbinic law, commentary and analysis compiled over a 600 year period (200 BCE - 427 CE). Talmudic verse serves as the bedrock of all classic and modern-day Torah-Jewish literature.
Kabbalah
Jewish mysticism. The word Kaballah means "reception," for we cannot physically perceive the Divine, we merely study the mystical truths which were transmitted to us by G-d Himself through His righteous servants.
Kabbalistic
(adj.) Pertaining to Kabbalah—Jewish mysticism.