The Torah, “Leviticus” (Tazria), 13:13-13:14: Then the Cohen shall look [at it]. And, behold! the leprosy has covered all his flesh, he shall pronounce [the person with] the lesion clean. He has turned completely white; he is clean.…
This portion describes an egoistic distortion that replaces a complete correction. Even though a person behaves correctly and normally, he still cannot be a full member of the society that works only for the sake of bestowal.
The Torah speaks of a gradual correction of the society and bringing everybody to mutual bestowal and love in which we later reveal the Creator.
All layers of the desire have to be clean, and the skin has to be cleaner than th other organs because it is the most superficial layer and is the hardest to be corrected. That’s why dermatological diseases cannot be cured in this world.
Egoism consists of five parts that allegorically correspond to the brain, bones, ligaments, flesh, and skin. These five parts have to be corrected by exerting from inside out. At each level, this process becomes harder but better and each layer bears a higher quality.
Question: I noticed that internal abnormalities in my organism do not cause discomfort in me, whereas various skin irritations can be very embarrassing. How can you explain it?
Answer: Internal systems and organs can be more or less successfully cured. They maintain a deeper interaction between each other. Their malfunction can be discovered faster and fixed more easily. All internal problems are released in the form of toxins that show on the skin. If physicians knew how to diagnose illnesses according to skin conditions, they would be able to define all sorts of internal ailments.
Comment: I feel very embarrassed when I deal with other people if, let’s say, I have an ulcer on my hand. I feel extremely self-conscious when I have to shake hands with others at this time.
Answer: It’s because you deal with others through the external part of your egoism. The layers that are more internal are hidden from others.
From KabTV’s “Secrets of the Eternal Book” 2/20/14