In Rambam's Mishneh Torah, She'ar Avot haTum'ah, 5:19, it is written:

"גְּדוֹלָה שֶׁשָּׁכַב אוֹתָהּ קָטָן פָּחוֹת מִבֶּן תֵּשַׁע [אוֹ עַכּוּ''ם אוֹ בְּהֵמָה] הֲרֵי זוֹ טְהוֹרָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר [(ויקרא טו יח) "וְאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁכַּב אִישׁ אֹתָהּ"] עַד שֶׁיִּהְיֶה הַשּׁוֹכֵב אִישׁ וּמִיִּשְׂרָאֵל כְּמוֹ שֶׁבֵּאַרְנוּ:"

"When a minor less than nine years old - or a gentile or an animal - engages in relations with a mature female, she is pure, as indicated by Leviticus 15:18: "And a man who will lie with a woman." Implied is that the male must be a mature man and Jewish, as we explained."

How can a mature female be pure if she had intercourse with a minor (less than nine years old) or a gentile (how old?) or even worse, an animal!?

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    Doron this is referring to a specific type of ritual purity, not "purity" in general. Commented Apr 24, 2022 at 21:02
  • Even if this is the case, she is ritual pure if she had intercourse with an animal?
    – Doron
    Commented Apr 24, 2022 at 21:05
  • Yes, the Rambam didn't make this up, it's in the Talmud. It does seem strange if you haven't studied the laws of ritual purity before, I agree Commented Apr 24, 2022 at 21:12
  • Lomdus 4db.....
    – Kovy Jacob
    Commented Apr 24, 2022 at 21:50

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The Rambam explains - the pasuk says 'וְאִשָּׁה אֲשֶׁר יִשְׁכַּב אִישׁ אֹתָהּ'... To exclude anything that isn't a fully grown Jewish adult man. Not that the Torah is condoning it, but it doesn't count as normal relations.

  • I see, well thank you for your explination. As יהושע ק said above, I havent studied the laws of purity before and that is why I was quite socked at Rambam's statement.
    – Doron
    Commented Apr 25, 2022 at 6:20

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