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Questions tagged [tamei-tahor-ritual-purity]

Questions related to the Torah concepts of *tumah* and *taharah* - ritual impurity and purity.

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What is the difference between dew and water halachically? [duplicate]

Why are they different liquids halachically given that they both are water? They even can have different dinim (see Makhshirin 3:2), so how do we understand this?
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Do places where the Mishkan stood retain Keddushah?

The Mishkan wandered through tens of camps in the desert and a couple of places in Israel for 480 years, and Holy Services were held in each place. Are those places sanctified in any way nowadays? Do ...
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Why do unfinished wooden utensils have a different law than unfinished metal utensils?

In Keilim 12:8, we see that unfinished wooden utensils with a receptacle are susceptible to tumah, except those woods whose properties make the utensil unusable. ‮... כל גולמי כלי עץ טמאין, חוץ משל ...
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Why does an upside-down sealed pot save everything below it from tumah?

Mishna Keilim 10:1 discusses tsamid patil (צמיד פתיל), a tight covering for clay pots that protect their contents from external sources of tumah. It includes this statement: ‮היו כפויין על פיהן, ...
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Why did the “Jews” separate from their wives 3 days before Matan Torah?

If a Jewish Man has intimate relations with his wife, and then the seed escapes the woman's body she becomes known as a Paletes Shichvas Zerah. Now, if that occurs within 3 days she becomes Tamei. If ...
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Human Composting - Implications for Kohanim

In recent news, Washington State, has becomes the first state ever to allow human composting. The question has already been raised in this forum: "Is there a halachic objection to human composting?" ...
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Why measure the side of the square by quartering its circumference

The Mishna in Ohaloth 12:6 informs us that you need a Tefach of width to bring Tumah from one location to another: קוֹרָה שֶׁהִיא נְתוּנָה מִכֹּתֶל לְכֹתֶל וְטֻמְאָה תַחְתֶּיהָ, אִם יֶשׁ בָּהּ ...
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Why don't the Niddah days add up?

As far as I can tell, the halacha discusses three parts of a woman's cycle: The Niddah flow itself. The 7 clean days following the flow. The 11 days following that, during which a woman is assumed ...
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What does R. Meir hold about the case in Nega'im 6:2?

Nega'im 6:3: בַּהֶרֶת כַּגְּרִיס וּבָהּ מִחְיָה פְחוּתָה מִכָּעֲדָשָׁה ... רָבְתָה הַמִּחְיָה, טְמֵאָה. נִתְמַעֲטָה, רַבִּי מֵאִיר מְטַמֵּא, וַחֲכָמִים מְטַהֲרִים, שֶׁאֵין הַנֶּגַע פּוֹשֶׂה ...
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Does clay used as a foundation count as clay or as the ground?

The mishnah in Keilim 6:1 describes a stove made in two ways: a pot resting on three metal* pegs that are either (1) attached at the ground via clay, or (2) stuck into the ground. In the first case, ...
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Two supports for a stove: which one “counts”?

The mishnah in Keilim 6:1 describes a stove made in two ways: a pot resting on three metal* pegs that are either (1) attached at the ground via clay, or (2) stuck into the ground. In the first case, ...
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How does tumah work in the sale of an oven between a householder and a baker?

The mishnah at Keilim 5:5 describes the susceptibility to tumah of an attachment to a pottery oven (translation from Sefaria): ‮מוסף התנור: של בעלי בתים טהור; ושל נחתומין טמא, מפני שהוא סומך עליו ...
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Why are doubtful nega'im (generally) pure? (Nega'im 5:1)

Nega'im 5:1 teaches that all cases of doubtful nega'im are to be ruled pure, with two exceptions: A case where it is unclear whether white hairs in a nega' appeared before or after the nega' itself. ...
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Can air-dried earthenware become tamei?

According to mishna Keilim 4:4, earthenware is not susceptible to tumah until it has been baked in an oven. ‮כלי חרס מאימתיי מקבלין טומאה? משייצרפו בכבשן, והיא גמר מלאכתן. When does ...
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Why didn't people conceal Tzaraat?

As far as I can tell, tzaraas is unlike other sources of impurity in that it is not impure until the Kohen says it's impure. So why didn't the kohanim just not inspect the tzaraas, especially around ...
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What is the process for purifying your home if you believe it may have been previously used for pagan worship?

Locations of foreign worship are typically of concern. You're not supposed to enter a church for this very reason. My question relates to the idea that one finds out their home was previously used ...
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Is there a tradition not to mention the pink animal?

My family always say "pink animal" in reference to, well, the pink animal. But now we find nobody remembers the reasons for this. It seems to me I've seen the Hebrew writers say "davar acher," or "...
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Should you avoid cemeteries the week before Yom Tov?

מִבְּשָׂרָם֙ לֹ֣א תֹאכֵ֔לוּ וּבְנִבְלָתָ֖ם לֹ֣א תִגָּ֑עוּ טְמֵאִ֥ים הֵ֖ם לָכֶֽם׃ Don't eat their [non-kosher animals'] meat and don't touch their corpses; they are impure for you ובנבלתם לא ...
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What modern devices are susceptible to impurity?

I'm especially interested in computing devices like laptops/smartphones and vehicles like cars and trains.
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Cloud and pillar of fire to count seven days

Midrash Tehillim 105:9, brought in Yalkut Shimoni § 417 says: חזקיה אמר למה היה משתנה להן מפני הזבין והמצורעין כדי שיהו יודעים אימתי יום ואימתי לילה. Hezkiya said the reason Hashem put a cloud ...
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Do cremated animal remains contaminate with Tumas Mes, Nevela or Sherets?

If I keep an urn at home containing the ashes of my deceased and cremated favourite pet, if I touch/carry the ashes does this make me tamei ?
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A pregnant woman of a boy kohen baby going into cemetery

The gemara in chullin 71 writes that a tahor baluah cannot become tamei. Meaning something inside someone cannot become tamei from the outside. So it seems from this gemara that a woman who married a ...
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Does soda machshir for receiving tuma?

Would soda (non-fruit juice like sprite or coke) machshir to receive tuma? is it similar to water in this respect or to other liquids which do not machshir?
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How can a cemetery be Tahor?

In the Kitzur Shulchan Aruch in 128:13 he states, regarding going to a cemetery on Erev Rosh Hashana: וְגַם מֵחֲמַת שֶׁהוּא מְקוֹם קְבוּרַת הַצַּדִּיקִים, הַמָּקוֹם הוּא קָדוֹשׁ וְטָהוֹר, ...
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Kesamim found on a tattoo

We Pasken that a Kesem (blood stain that is presumed to be uterine blood) that is found on a colored garment is not Tamei. Rashi on Niddah 61b says that Chazal never forbade Kesamim on colored ...
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Is a Baal Keri allowed to do Mitzvot?

If a person is impure because of his nocturnal emission. Is he allowed to do mitzvot? Should he still strive to do them or should he keep low key and try to avoid them because of his impure state?
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Is eating in the bedroom forbidden?

Is eating in the bedroom or any typical part of the bedroom forbidden? I've heard that there's some sort of tumah associated with this action, but couldn't get verification outside of differing ...
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Why don't kohanim eat terumah nowadays?

Terumah is a tithe that is given to kohanim. I have been told that kohanim are not allowed to eat terumah nowadays. Is this true? If so, why not?
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How long does one stay tamei for after seminal emission?

If a person had a seminal emission from masturbation and did not go to the mikveh how long does this person remain considered impure for. Is the only way to become pure again through going to the ...
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Jewish family members and ritual impurity

If one's family is Jewish but does not wash ritually in the morning and you are the only one who washes, would this make other things in the house ritually impure, like water for example? What do ...
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consequences of minor tumah nowadays

In a comment on this question that is now deleted, DoubleAA said something to the effect of Yes you become impure by sitting on the seat, but anyone who needs to care about the consequences of ...
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Why don’t Sheretzs made into a Streimel convey tumah?

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. ...
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Does animal food mekabel tumah?

Does food which has a status of animal food only receive ritual impurity (mekabel tumah)? please bring a source.
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Nozir who completes his vow: why different permissions in written Torah and Mishna.

A nozir is forbidden grape products, haircutting and to become tomei from a dead body. After successful conclusion of his nezirus, he goes through a process ending with the waving of his korban as ...
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Why does water purify?

The Torah states that immersion in a mikveh of water purifies a person from Tuma (spiritual impurity). Why does water do this? Is there some kind of spiritual powers imbued in water? Or is this just ...
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May a Kohen bury limbs of his 7 krovim (first degree relatives) which were removed during their lifetime?

According to the opinion that limbs removed from a live person should be buried, may a Kohen bury limbs of his 7 krovim [first degree relatives) which were removed during their lifetime?
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Does a body part taken from a dead person, and transplanted onto a live person lose its *Tumah*? [duplicate]

Does a body part taken from a dead person, and transplanted onto a live person lose its Tumah? [May a kohen enter a room where there is someone who received a body part transplant from a dead person?]...
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When can I attend service (Shabbat) after seminal emission? [closed]

Unmarried, 22 year old Jewish man here. I've been consciously trying to get myself rid of masturbation for a year now. I started to take precautions and I take this fight very seriously now. I put a ...
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Why are there degrees of impurity?

Why does the Torah outline many different degrees of impurity טומאה with different purification methods? You have corpse-impurity which requires sprinkling with the water of the red heifer during a ...
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Why sprinkle on the third day?

Parshat Chukat describes the purifying ritual of the red heifer and records that one is impure for 7 days, but the process requires that one sprinkle on the third and seventh day. Aside from one ...
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Why didn't women complain about not being able to bring the Pesach?

During the first year in the desert, some men were tamei and complained that they couldn't bring the Pesach. This resulted in the mitzvah of Pesach Sheni. Men and women are equally obligated to ...
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Is there a halacha [either modesty or taharah] against more than one woman at a time immersing in a mikvah for T'vilah?

Is there a halacha [in either modesty law or taharah law] against more than one woman at a time immersing in a mikvah for t'vilah, (ritual imersion), (If each woman's tvilah was supervised properly by ...
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Can a person Sprinkle Mei Niddah on many people?

Please correct me if I get details wrong. Someone who is tamei met has to have the water with the red heifer ashes in it sprinkled on him twice (days 1 and 7) by way of a hyssop branch. The sprinkler ...
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Hava Amina for Kohen not becoming impure for father

The Midrash questions why the Torah has to specify that a Kohen becomes impure both for his deceased father and deceased mother. Why not just write his mother? It says: [ד] יאמר "לאמו", מה תלמוד ...
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Why would the Belzer Rebbe usually shake hands with a towel wrapped around his hand?

Jewish Educational Media publishes a series of videos about the Lubavitcher Rebbe. The series is called Living Torah. Disc 34, Program 135, contains an interview with Rabbi Chatzkel Besser, [about ...
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Can anyone Jew today prove that they did not contact Tumas Mes?

In a shiur the Rabbi stated that today, "basically every Jew is impure" bc of contact with dead bodies (not just by visiting cemeteries or morgues, but especially also via unseen bodies buried deep in ...
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Removing Niddah status without a mikvah

Is it possible to remove the status of Niddah without a mikvah? I've heard from other people you can remove certain levels of impurity with a shower and possibly other ways (no sources though) so I ...
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Tamei what causes it?

To sum things up quickly as an example: If a woman is in her state of nidah Vayikra 15 teaches that what she touches or if something/someone is touching her, or if someone is touching that which has ...
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Meaning of “whereon is the seed” in Leviticus 15:17?

16 And if any man's seed of copulation go out from him, then he shall wash all his flesh in water, and be unclean until the even. 17 And every garment, and every skin, whereon is the seed of ...
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Is a felt hat made with beaver or rabbit fur unclean according to Leviticus 11:8?

Many of the finer felt hats (especially antique ones) are made of felt created from animal fur, such as beaver or rabbit. The fur is initially harvested from the pelt of a dead animal before it is ...