It’s strange to say, but unfortunately the spiritual disease of tzara’at does not exist today. Life might be a little easier if we had a physical barometer of how well our soul is connected to others and to the Divine. Once we see the physical signs we could get some help, repair, restore, and reconnect. Today our purity of soul is much more difficult to measure so we must be proactive in it’s care.
The book of Leviticus (Vayikra) contains a set of passages (chapters 12-15) often skipped in our study due to their unpleasant nature. I am ever fascinated by the laws of purity contained in these pages. The Holy One teaches Moses who may come near the Divine Presence which is manifest in the Tabernacle. One must be tahor (pure/clean) in order to come near the Mishkan. Tahor denotes not a physical purity, but a purity of soul, a cleanliness of spirit. The opposite spiritual state, tamei (impurity & separation) indicates that a barrier has been placed between the human soul and the Divine.
Kepha said to him, “You will never wash my feet.” Yeshua answered, “Unless I wash you, you have no share with me.”
Shimon Kepha said to him, “Lord, not my feet only but also my hands and my head!”
Yeshua said to him, “One who has bathed does not need to wash, except for the feet, but is entirely clean. And you are clean . . .” (John 13:8–10)