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The fourth tractate in the Order of Taharoth, dealing mainly with the laws of the Red Heifer (Para Adumah).

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Does language change affect what hyssop is valid for the ḥatat ritual?

In Parah 11:7, we learn that hyssop that is called simply "hyssop" (אזוב) is valid for use in sprinkling mei ḥatat, but hyssop that has an accompanying name (such as "blue hyssop", etc.) is unfit. Is ...
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In what situations can mei ḥatat be nullified?

In Parah 9:5, we read: ‮מֵי חַטָּאת שֶׁנִּפְסְלוּ, לֹא יְגַבְּלֵם בְּטִיט, שֶׁלֹּא יַעֲשֵׂם תַּקָּלָה לַאֲחֵרִים. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, בָּטְלוּ. פָּרָה שֶׁשָּׁתָת מֵי חַטָּאת, בְּשָׂרָהּ טָמֵא ...
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Until when were the red heifer ashes still in use?

Parah 7:6 describes how the Sanhedrin was ruling on practical matters related to creating mei ḥatat even after the destruction of the second Temple, and it follows that mei ḥatat was still being ...
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Is it only sheep that have a 30-day period between their periods of acceptability as a korban?

In Parah 1:3, we read: ‮כְּבָשִׂים, בְּנֵי שָׁנָה. וְאֵילִים, בְּנֵי שְׁתַּיִם. וְכֻלָּם מִיּוֹם לְיוֹם. בֶּן שְׁלשָׁה עָשָׂר חֹדֶשׁ אֵינוֹ כָשֵׁר לֹא לְאַיִל וְלֹא לְכֶבֶשׂ. רַבִּי טַרְפוֹן ...
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Which of the 9 Parah Adumahs that have existed was from Dama ben Nesina?

Kiddushin 31a teaches us the famous story of Dama ben Nesina, ie a gentile who refused to sell the Chachamim a precious stone for the ephod since doing so would wake up his father. The gemara ...
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Parah Adumah water: different names used in the Torah (“mei niddah”) and Chazal (“mei chatas”)

When discussing the mixture of the Parah Adumah ashes & water, the Torah calls it "mei niddah" (see: Numbers 19:13, Numbers 19:20, Numbers 19:21). However Chazal use a different phrase and refer ...
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The amount of Parah Adumah ashes and water (“mei chatas”) required to purify a person

This week's parsha teaches us all about the Parah Adumah and how it can purify a person. Namely, that in order for a person who was ritually impure via a dead body to become pure, said person ...
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Why use/repeat this phrase in the mishna?

In eight mishnayyot (Keilim 8:4, Parah 8:2–7, Tahorot 8:7), we find the following odd phrase. הרי זה אומר מטמאיך לא טימאוני ואתה טימאתני It says: that which made you tamei didn't make me tamei,...
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Why was it so important that the Kohen preparing the Parah Adumah be a tevul yom?

Mishnah Parah 3:7 (with translation/explanation from Sefaria): וּמְטַמְּאִים הָיוּ אֶת הַכֹּהֵן הַשּׂוֹרֵף אֶת הַפָּרָה, מִפְּנֵי הַצְּדוֹקִים, שֶׁלֹּא יִהְיוּ אוֹמְרִים, בִּמְעֹרְבֵי שֶׁמֶשׁ ...
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pouring mey chatat on a tattoo

The Mishnah in Parah 8:2 teaches that if the mey chatat (parah adumah water) gets poured on someone's shoes or clothes, that water is not fit to be used for the parah adumah anymore. However, if it ...
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Where did the first parah adumah come from?

The first mishna in Parah talks about the age that a cow can be and still be valid as a parah adumah: רבי אליעזר אומר עגלה בת שנתה ופרה בת שתים וחכ"א עגלה בת שתים ופרה בת שלש או בת ארבע ר"מ אומר אף ...