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 13:38
 13:39
 13:40
 13:41
13:39 the priest shall examine it. If the skin is [merely] covered with dull white spots, it is a simple rash breaking out on the skin, and it is clean.
Vera'ah hakohen vehineh ve'or-besaram beharot kehot levanot bohak hu parach ba'or tahor hu.
13:40 Sixth Reading Third Reading
If a man loses the hair on his head, it is simple baldness, and he is clean.
Ve'ish ki yimaret rosho kere'ach hu tahor hu.
13:41 Similarly, if he loses hair near his face, it is merely a receding hairline and he is clean.
Ve'im mip'at panav yimaret rosho gibe'ach hu tahor hu.



Commentary:

rash
  (Rashi). Bohak in Hebrew. This teaches that no matter how many spots there are, if they are a dull white, and not bright like the marks mentioned in Leviticus 13:2, then this is not considered a leprous mark (Yad, Tumath Tzaraath 1:1). There is, however, a question as to whether or not this is considered 'healthy skin' as in Leviticus 13:10 (Tosefoth Yom Tov on Negaim 6:6). Some identify bohak as vitiligo or leucodermy. The Septuagint translates it as agopokia, which seems to indicate a precursor of hair loss.

on his head
  That is, toward the back of the head (Negaim 10:10).





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