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The body of a sheretz conveys impurity. The translations of the animals that count as Sheratzim (listed in Parashat Shemini) often include weasels or ferrets as well as rats, insects, and lizards.

Streimels (and fur coats) are often made from furry weasel like animals (martens, ferrets, raccoons, muskrats).

Why don't the wearers of these furs and pelts become impure from handling the bodies of sheratzim? Does it matter if the hat still has the animals' head attached?

  • They don't have to be made with real animals – Dude Sep 27 '18 at 3:08
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    Why do you think they don't become impure from that? – Double AA Sep 27 '18 at 3:38
  • The original title almost got my close vote as being off-season PTIJ, and it didn’t seem to accurately reflect the question. Can you confirm that my edit is in line with your intention? – DonielF Sep 27 '18 at 3:42
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Once a hide is tanned, even a bit, it no longer conveys impurity (Chullin 9:2).

  • (The exception miderabanan is human skin.) – Double AA Sep 27 '18 at 3:38
  • This addresses the question if shtreimlach are made of tanned hide. Are they? – msh210 Sep 27 '18 at 17:40
  • @msh I have no proof, but I suspect they are tanned at least "a bit". – Double AA Sep 27 '18 at 21:46

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