This week’s parashah, Parashat Metzorah, deals mainly with the rules concerning Tzaraat, leprosy, and describes the ritual of purifying and reintegrating the person who was ill with that disease back into the society.
In addition, the text also mentions the appearance of a “plague” in the stones of a person’s house. It is written:
“When you enter the land of Canaan that I give you as a possession, and I inflict an eruptive plague upon a house in the land you possess, the owner of the house shall come and tell the priest, saying, “Something like a plague has appeared upon my house.” (Vayikra 14:34-35).
According to these verses, when someone found in his or her house a plague, that person had to tell this to the priest.
It is interesting to note that the person was not asked to solve the problem or abandon the house. A person was only required to go to the Cohen, the priest, and tell him what is happening in the house. The person had to admit that something wrong was happening in his house, and it was out of his control.