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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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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 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 ...
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How does a woman become a zava?

On a biblical level, for a woman to become a zavah, does she need to have the onset of a new flow come during the 11 'zava days' (the 11 days past the 7 'nidda days'), or will even a flow that ...
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Does the Torah use the word טָמְאָה to imply physical defilement anywhere besides sotah?

In the parsha of sotah (Bamidbar 5:13) the Torah describes the woman who was secluded and had relations with another man as וְנִסְתְּרָ֖ה וְהִ֣יא נִטְמָ֑אָה meaning that she became physically defiled -...
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Is a paper Keili susceptible to tumah?

The mishnah in Keilim 2:5 states that חביות ניירות can receive Tumah. According to the RASH it is referring to "paper barrels". Would this have any ramifications to today's "paper" cups as far as ...
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Does food under bed become tamei?

Someone told me if there's food under my bed and I sleep in the bed I can't use the food because it becomes tamei. Is there a source for this?
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Is flying over Har Habayis allowed?

It is my understanding that one is forbidden to go onto the Har Habayit ("Temple Mount") while s/he is Tamei. However, if one is only over Har Habayit but not physically on the ground (e.g. flying in ...
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how much is required to make something tamei?

Do all things that are tamei have to be more than an adasha or just a sheretz? for example is less than an adasha of zera tamei?
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Tumah tahara mikva [duplicate]

If a man chalila had a mikra balaila and he didnt clean off totally and then went to the mikva and the zera hadnt dried would it make the mikva water tamei?
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Sfek sfeka zera tumah

When can a sfek sfeka be used? For instance, if I am not sure if there is zera on something and then I touch it, can I say that I don't know if there was zera on it, and even if there was, I don't ...
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Why can you buy dry fruit from an Am Ha'aretz?

Explanation of the following Mishnah is according to the Bartenura, Rambam, Kehati, and Tiferes Yisrael. The Mishnah in Demai (2:3) discusses the requirements of a Chaveir (one careful regarding ...
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Why is one who touched doubtful Tumah in a public domain considered Tahor?

The source that doubtful Tumah in a private domain is Tamei is the Gemara in Sotah (28b - see there for translation): מה ת"ל והיא נטמאה והיא לא נטמאה אם נטמאה למה שותה אם לא נטמאה למה משקה מגיד לך ...
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Is Tumah an intellectual idea or a physical/spiritual idea

This is a difficult question to ask since it is hard to define each term adequately,but will try my best. Is tumah an intellectual idea, meaning that if something is rendered tamei (impure) such as ...
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tumah and tahara davening takanas Ezra

i once heard that once zera is dried it is no longer tameiand not considered a problem for davening etc. does anyone know if this is true? for example if somebody bumped into or sat on dried zera ...
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Where does Rashi say that less than a kezayis of oil does not become impure?

Wikiyeshiva has an article in Hebrew on the question of the Beis Yosef as to why Chanukah is 8 rather than 7 days (after all they had oil for one day). The article quotes an answer on the approach ...
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Negel vasser after touching shoes

A person must perform a ritual hand-washing after the completion of certain activities, including upon arising in the morning; before eating bread; after shaving, haircutting, clipping one’s nails,...
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Where were sacrifices offered if not in the Temple?

When a woman has to offer sacrifices after being impure (due, for example, to childbirth), where does she bring that offering? In Masechet K'ritut, the discussion on 8a centers on a woman who has to ...
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Can mikvah water become tamei?

Can mikvah water ever become tamei from people's immersion? How does this relate to the essentially "living" quality of the water moving through the mikvah? Related: using a men's mikvah twice ...
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Does using the mikvah for conversion make you tahor for marriage? [duplicate]

Does one become tahor for all purposes by using a mikvah for a single purpose? For example, if a giyores converts in the mikvah, is she then tahor for marriage? I ask because the converts I know have ...
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Birth control in times of old [closed]

Nowadays there are many halachically permissible birth control methods that are available (pills, diaphragms, coils, etc.) that were not available in the past. Aside from the natural means of ...
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Kohanim in Eastern Europe

Another question on this website deals with the issue of kohanim in Auschwitz. To be "strict", a kohen today could simply avoid going to death camps altogether. Elsewhere, however, is not so easy. Are ...
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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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Cohanim in Paris

Purely out of curiosity; Would a Cohen have to be careful when walking around Paris because of the Catacombs (an underground network of tombs where an estimated 6 million people's bones are buried), ...
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Why do women wash before family purity bedika on Yom Kippur?

Rechitza--washing/bathing--is, it seems, Biblically prohibited on Yom Kippur. And yet I learned that a married woman who is due to make a bedikah--the twice-daily inspection for blood during niddah, ...
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Tumah and Taharah partially practiced Nowadays despit Tumas Meis [duplicate]

We cannot reach cleanness from death unclenness nowadays, because of the lack of "Mey Chatas." We assume that everyone's "Tamei Meis." So, almost all hilchos Tumah v'Taharah are not practiced. Thus, ...
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Seminal emission at night but woke up before sunrise. What are the rules?

If one has a seminal emission at night and wakes up before sunrise to shower change clothes etc. does it make it so that he is tahor? Or must he wait a full day until sundown in order to do this?
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What does it mean to be contaminated until the evening after immersion?

If someone is a baal keri [they had a seminal emission], and they clean themselves, they remain contaminated until evening (Lev 15:16). What does that entail? Does being contaminated until evening ...
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Unclean due to an organ transplant, in the context of the rebuilt temple

This question pertains to a related question. Leviticus 7:20-21 says: כ וְהַנֶּפֶשׁ אֲשֶׁר-תֹּאכַל בָּשָׂר, מִזֶּבַח הַשְּׁלָמִים אֲשֶׁר לַיהוָה, וְטֻמְאָתוֹ, עָלָיו--וְנִכְרְתָה הַנֶּפֶשׁ הַהִוא,...
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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 ...