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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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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 ...