By Shalom Olensky
This week in the Torah:
Un-natural leprosy (as a deterrent to not speak wrongfully).
The Alter Rebbe explains:
Today we do not experience this, for we are imperfect inwardly as well as superficially. The aforementioned leprosy – on the outside of the skin – only comes to a person who is perfect on the inside and only needs fixing of exterior aspects of the soul.
The Lubavitcher Rebbe adds:
Nowadays the Jewish nation has reached this state, when rectification is needed merely on the outside.
One might ask:
Each person knows himself… so, what does this mean?
It means that today’s problems on the inside can be more easily dealt with than in the past – by following in the path of our spiritual leaders and mentors and their teachings which have been articulated in an ever growing manner.
It stands to reason, based on the above, that we are really close to being totally perfect – with Moshiach Now!
(In connection with Sefer Hasichos 5751, Vol. 2, Tazria-Metzora)