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It's not really that the law has changed; it's just that it's become rather moot. The problem was that people would store their holy scrolls (Torah or other parts of Nach) with the "holy food" in the house, i.e. the tithes that had to be given to a Kohen. The problem is that pests eating the food would damage the scrolls. The rabbis therefore decreed that ...


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I asked this question to a rabbi last week. He said that people used to store their torahs in the safest, most water resistant part of their dwelling- the pantry. Apparently scrolls were being damaged by rats in the pantry so they made this decree so people would find the mixture of food and scrolls repugnant. Apparently tosafos says this.


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In actuality the halacha still applies today. This law can be found in the Shulchan Aruch Chapter 147, section 1 and is derived from the Talmud, tractate Megilla 32a. We can see the discussion in Megillah 7a - Kisvei HaKodesh Making Your Hands Tamei Where does this halacha of kisvei hakodesh being metamei come from and why? Rashi references the sugya ...



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