A Word, A Leper, and a BIG MISTAKE!
In the olden days, leprosy was a feared and dreaded disease. The people of ancient China, Egypt, and India thought it was incurable and very contagious. Therefore, if someone had leprosy, that person was quarantined – put in a special place for lepers (someone with leprosy) with absolutely no contact to the outside world!
However, the fact of the matter is that although leprosy is a disease, it is hardly contagious.
So where did these ancient people get this idea from?
From the mistaken translation of the word in the Torah – Tsara’as. By equating leprosy to Tsara’as, they applied the laws of Tsara’as to their treatment of leprosy. A leper had to be secluded from society just like a Metsora. Or so they thought… Oops!