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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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In Parshas Chukas, why is first mention of Parah Adumah “פָרָה” instead of “פָּרָה”?

The first mention of the Parah Adumah in Parshas Chukas (Numbers 19:2) is: דַּבֵּ֣ר אֶל־בְּנֵ֣י יִשְׂרָאֵ֗ל וְיִקְח֣וּ אֵלֶיךָ֩ פָרָ֨ה אֲדֻמָּ֜ה Instruct the people of Israel to bring you a ...
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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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Colors of the Parah Adumah

Consider the following opinions of what adumah can or does in fact mean. Sadia gaon writes that Aduma of the Parah Adumah is 'Tzafra'. The footnote from Rav Kapach in the Mosad Rav Cook edition ...
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Why no Musaph piyutim for Zochor and Poro? [duplicate]

According to Minhog Ashkenaz (West and East), there is a shiv'aso piyut said in Musaph of Shabbos Sh'kolim and Shabbos HaChodesh (אשכול אווי for Sh'kolim and ראשון אמצת for HaChodesh). I have seen in ...
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Explain Rashi quoting Mechilta on Shemot 24:3

In Shemot 24:3, regarding the term mishpatim (logical laws), Rash"i citing Mechilta includes a list of items. Among them, he includes parah adumah (the laws of the red heifer.) This is puzzling. The ...
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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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how much wood, dung, hyssop, and red string can be added to the red heifer fire?

The Torah says to add these items to the fire when burning the red heiffer. To maximize the ash yeild, can I put in enormous quantities of this non-rare material?
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Red heifer ashes

People in biblical times frequently came in the presence of dead bodies. So they must have needed a lot of the spring water mixed with red heifer ashes. But the Mishna says only 9 heifers were ...
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What does the Red heifer supposed to mean?

I've seen references to the importance of the Red Heifer as an eschatological sign of the coming Messianic Age. What is it supposed to mean?
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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 ...
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What if you miss the time of the sprinkling?

In parshat chukat it says that if you become tamei due to a dead body, you become pure again by being sprinkled with red-heifer ash-water on the third and seventh day of your impurity, but if you don'...
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Using a robot “puppet” for matters requiring purity

Based upon an exchange in this question, we require complete purity in the drawing of water for the purposes of mei chatas. The setup described in Maseches Parah was essentially a ritualistic clean ...
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Do modern-day Jews have waters of separation?

In the Torah it says (Numbers 19:17-19) An unclean person they shall take some of the ashes of the heifer burnt for purification from sin, and running water shall be put on them in a vessel. A ...
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Why was the law about Para Aduma given in Mara? [closed]

Why out of all the 613 mitvot was the para aduma chosen to be 'given' in Mara? 'Shom som lo 'chok' umishpat'. Chok refers to para aduma and why is it only mentioned so late in the torah after Korach....
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What do we learn from Miriam's demise being juxtaposed to the Red Heifer?

What precisely does the demise of righteous people atone for, and who gets the atonement? Background: In Parshat Chukath - במדבר פרק-כ - we learn from Rashi that the demise of the prophetess Miriam ...
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Red Heifer Sprinkling and Missing a Day

Numbers 19 discusses administering of the Red Heifer's ashes by way of sprinkling water. People who become impure from contact with the dead must be sprinkled by the water on the third and seventh ...
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Were Impure Vessels Sprinkled on the 3rd and 7th Days, or just once?

Numbers 19 discusses administering of the Red Heifer's ashes by way of sprinkling water. In verse 14, we see that vessels as well as humans can be impure from the dead. In verse 18, we see that ...
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How Was the Red Heifer Water Administered in Israel?

Numbers 19 discusses administering of the Red Heifer's ashes by way of sprinkling water. From verses 11 through 21, it seems that impurity contracted by the dead is dispelled by sprinklings on the ...
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How can a parah adumah be validated?

This question links to a post from the Temple Institute that mentions that a red heifer was born in Israel in 2002 and that a couple of rabbis had traveled to check the cow and verified that it was ...
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If a ger is like a newborn, are they tahor? Can they prepare the para aduma?

If a ger (convert) is considered like a newborn are they tahor? If this is the case then if we were able to find a red cow then shouldn't the ger be able to to prepare the para aduma? Normally the ...
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Dama ben Nesina and the red heifer

Kidushin 31a brings the story of Dama ben Nesina and his amazing Kibud Av V'Aim which cost him a huge fortune. He was rewarded for his amazing Kibud Av V'Aim by one of his cows giving birth to a red ...
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Why not dump the ashes of the para aduma into a huge body of water?

The way I understand it one of the reasons we no longer have the ashes of the para aduma to purify people is because they were used up. I'd like to know if it would have been theoretically possible ...
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Why make the Kohen burning the Para Aduma rabbinically impure?

The Gemara says that we make the Kohen burning the Para Aduma (the red heifer) impure and then dip him in the Mikva. The reason given is that there is an argument between the Rabbis and the Sadducees ...
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Why was the parah aduma found in 2002 disqualified?

In 2002, various news sources reported that a red heifer was found and the Temple Institute in Israel declared it kosher. Many of these sources later reported that the parah aduma was disqualified ...
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Why has the poro aduma no reason

Why has hashem given us a mitsva without a reason and one which is impossible to understand. All the others even the 'chukim' at least Solomon understood. This one even he didnt that shows it is ...
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Would a genetically engineered red heifer be usable?

Assuming that a non-Jew chose to create a genetically engineered parah adumah (red heifer) and further assuming it met all the halachic requirements --no two black hairs, hadn't been used for work etc....
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Parah Adumah and Trefios

In Parshas Chukas it says they took out the Parah Adumah to Schecht(ritually slaughter) the Targum Yonsan says and they checked it for Treifos (illness or wounds that would render the animal un-...