Tsara’as – A Gift?!
HaShem actually does the person a favor by giving him Tsara’as. It’s a gift! What?! How would a skin condition be a favor? What’s nice about it?
Consider this. A person, we’ll call him Mr. Oscar Ouchkovitz, wakes up one sunny Tuesday morning in a lot of pain… so much pain that he rushes to the doctor. Good move on his part, because the doctor has him go through a bunch of tests and finds out that his condition was a lot more serious than he originally thought! The doctor prescribes the proper treatment and Oscar gets all better.
So the pain actually led Mr. Ouchkovitz to get well!
That’s what Moshe explained to his people:
“We Jews are so lucky! HaShem gives us a warning when we veer off the right track. We have the opportunity to change and improve and raise ourselves to a higher spiritual level. By working on ourselves, we can become the best we can be!”