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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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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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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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Does anyone say this is the paradox of the red heifer?

I've always understood that the parah adumah, the red heifer, is the quintessential chok, decree of the Torah, because it has the following paradox: It purifies the impure, and it impurifies the pure. ...
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Original version of Parshas Parah

According to Rashi, quoting Chazal, the mitzvah of Parah Adumah was given at Marah and was included in the ספר הברית that Moshe wrote before Matan Torah. In the Torah as it was eventually given, it's ...
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Is regular tahara implied by "b'makom tahor"?

Mishna Para 10:3 begins קָלָל שֶׁל חַטָּאת שֶׁנָּגַע בְּשֶׁרֶץ, טָהוֹר. נְתָנוֹ עַל גַּבָּיו, רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר מְטַהֵר, וַחֲכָמִים מְטַמְּאִים. [The water inside] a chatas bucket that touched an ...
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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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Do the 4 Shabbatot between Adar and Pesach bear a particular name?

I came across this question because I thought that in addition of Shabbat Hagadol, Shabbat Shuva (or Teshuva) and Shabbat Mevarchim, the Shabbatot between Purim and Pesach also bear a particular name ...
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Sources that Parah Adumah shows love between Bnei Yisrael and Hashem

I'm looking for sources that Parah Adumah shows love between Bnei Yisrael and Hashem. (I know that there are recent sources that say this. I'm looking for earlier sources, preferably Rishonim or ...
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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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