Questions tagged [tamei-tahor-ritual-purity]

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

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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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Why does Rebbe Yehoshua need a passuk?

The Gemara (Nazir 65b) says that Rabbi Yehoshua learns from the passuk of לטהרו או לטמאו that the case of ספק שיער לבן קדם ספק בהרת קדמה the halacha is טהור. The question is why he needs a passuk to ...
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What is a Safek Muchlat? (i.e. unsure if he's a full-fledged Metzora)

The Mishna in Nazir 8:2 (Daf 59b and various other times in tractate Nazir) discusses a person who may or may not be a Metzora that is supposed to be sent out of the city walls. To quote with the ...
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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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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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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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Notched 2x4 for maamid?

Let's assume that there is a lechatchila to not use metal object that are mekabel tumah (susceptible to tumah) for something that supports the s'chach ("maamid"), which can be avoided by using ...
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Why are a plow's metal rings used to connect oxen considered integral?

The 21st chapter of tractate Keilim discusses which attachments/pieces of utensils are considered integral so as to be considered connected for tumah purposes. My understanding of the underlying ...
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Why does Rambam change the list of items in Keilim 29:2 that combine for tumah and hazayah?

In the mishnah Keilim 29:2, we see a list of items and an indication of how many can be attached to each other and still be considered joined with regards to tumah and hazayah (sprinkling for ...
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Why do certain cloth combinations become susceptible to tumah while others don't?

In Keilim 27:3, we see the rule for when a clothes item becomes susceptible to tumah when it's made of different materials, each with a different minimum size to be susceptible to tumah. הָעוֹשֶׂה ...
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Why is a tanner's intention not effective to induce susceptibility to tumah?

In Keilim 26:8, we read about how intention can in some cases bring about susceptibility to tumah. עוֹרוֹת בַּעַל הַבַּיִת, מַחֲשָׁבָה מְטַמֵּאתָן. וְשֶׁל עַבְּדָן, אֵין מַחֲשָׁבָה מְטַמֵּאתָן. ...
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Why is a leather belt susceptible to tumah?

In mishna Keilim 26:3, we see that a leather belt is susceptible to tumah. כַּף לוֹקְטֵי קוֹצִים, טְהוֹרָה. הַזּוֹן וְהַבִּרְכְּיָר, טְמֵאִין. וְהַשַּׁרְווּלִים, טְמֵאִין. וְהַפְּרַקְלִימִין, ...
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Why be stringent on Rabbinic tumah for sacrificial meat?

Chapter 25 of Masechet Keilim deals with the distinctions between insides and outsides of vessels with regards to tumah coming from tamei liquids, which is Rabbinic. If a vessel's exterior becomes ...
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Can toys become tamei?

In mishna Keilim 24:1, we see that a toy shield is not susceptible to tumah: שְׁלֹשָׁה תְרִיסִין הֵם. תְּרִיס הַכָּפוּף, טָמֵא מִדְרָס. וְשֶׁמְּשַׂחֲקִין בּוֹ בַּקֻּנְפּוֹן, טָמֵא טְמֵא מֵת. ...
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Samson and the Nazarite Vow

When Samson returned to check on the carcass of the lion he had slain (Judges 14:8), did he ceremonially defile himself? (especially considering that he took honey from out of the carcass) Would even ...
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Tumah of stuffed objects

In Hilchot Keilim 2:3, Rambam says that objects that have a receptacle that is made only to be (permanently) filled is not susceptible to tumah. בֵּית קִבּוּל הֶעָשׂוּי לְמַלְּאוֹתוֹ אֵינוֹ בֵּית ...
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What is the commentary on Leviticus 21:2-4 - why is wife not included on the list

Leviticus 21:1-4 The LORD said to Moses: Speak to the priests, the sons of Aaron, and say to them: None shall defile himself for any [dead] person among his kin, except for the relatives that ...
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Odd choice of language in Keilim 19:4 and 28:6

In Keilim 19:4 and 28:6, we see an unusual (to me) way of describing av hatumah and rishon l'tumah: נִשָּׂא הַזָּב עַל הַמִּטָּה וְעַל הַמִּזְרָן, מְטַמֵּא שְׁנַיִם וּפוֹסֵל אֶחָד, דִּבְרֵי רַבִּי ...
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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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Why compare zimmun to the tumah of broken/repaired vessels?

In Bavli Brachot 50a-b, Rava compares a rule for a zimmun to a rule for broken/repaired metal utensils. In particular, he says that in the case of three people, each coming from a separate group, ...
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Tumah after deciding not to “finish” an object

In Keilim 16:1, the mishnah asks when wooden utensils are susceptible to tumah. The anonymous mishnah describes a bed or cot, and that it becomes susceptible after sanding; however, if the owner ...
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Tumah of liquids: a question on Bartenura

In several places, the mishna describes how water and blood in the slaughterhouse in the Temple are "pure". In his commentary on the mishna Eduyot 8:4, the Bartenura describes a disagreement as to ...
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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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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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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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Is coral a kind of wood?

The mishna Keilim 13:6 discusses the susceptibility to tumah of objects partially of wood and partially of metal. ‮עֵץ הַמְשַׁמֵּשׁ אֶת הַמַּתֶּכֶת, טָמֵא. וְהַמַּתֶּכֶת הַמְשַׁמֵּשׁ אֶת הָעֵץ, ...
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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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What's the difference between יאכלו נקודים and יתחלקו לעסות (in תרומות פ״ה)?

A few משניות in chapter 5 of מסכת תרומות discuss טמא wheat kernels that got mixed with טהור ones that never became מוכשרים לקבל טומאה. They say that, to avoid making the טהור ones טמא, we do one of ...
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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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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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How to deal with the command of Vayikra/Leviticus 15:19

The verse of Vayikra 15:19 teaches that whoever touches a woman that has her zovah (being blood) becomes impure: If a woman has a discharge, her flesh discharging blood, she shall remain in her ...
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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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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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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?