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Ritual Impurity of a Metzora

The mitzvah regarding the ritual impurity of the metzora (a person suffering from tzaraat, a skin discoloration described in the Torah). This mitzvah includes all the laws applicable to this impurity: what types [of discolorations render a person] impure, and [what types do not]; which types of this impurity require quarantine, and which do not; the laws associated with the quarantine, i.e., shaving [the hair surrounding a tzaraat lesion in an area of hair]; and all other laws associate with tzaraat and the gradations of its impurity.


Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
"And these are the laws which you shall set before them..." (Exodus 21:1). The phrase "and these" implies that they are a continuation of what is written before. This is to teach us that just as the laws written above (the Ten Commandment) are from Sinai, so, too, are these (the logical laws of Mishpatim) from Sinai.
  –Rashi's commentary
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