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Why record retracted opinions in the mishnah?

It's explained in Eduyot 1:4: וְלָמָּה מַזְכִּירִין אֶת דִּבְרֵי שַׁמַּאי וְהִלֵּל לְבַטָּלָה, לְלַמֵּד לַדּוֹרוֹת הַבָּאִים שֶׁלֹּא יְהֵא אָדָם עוֹמֵד עַל דְּבָרָיו, שֶׁהֲרֵי אֲבוֹת הָעוֹלָם ...
Maurice Mizrahi's user avatar
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Which manuscript of the Mishna did the Bartenura check?

It means precise, as noted above by Josh Waxman in the comments (here and here), and is not a specific manuscript. The evidence for this is that such a phrase is used many times by other Mishnah ...
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How does tumah work in the sale of an oven between a householder and a baker?

This is an explicit Mishna in the second half of Keilim 25:9: כָּל הַכֵּלִים יוֹרְדִין לִידֵי טֻמְאָתָן בְּמַחֲשָׁבָה, וְאֵינָן עוֹלִים מִידֵי טֻמְאָתָן אֶלָּא בְשִׁנּוּי מַעֲשֶׂה, שֶׁהַמַּעֲשֶׂה ...
Danny Schoemann's user avatar
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Why is a leather belt susceptible to tumah?

You answered this in your question: it is recognizable as a utensil and serves both a person and their objects. See how the Meforshim explain that a זּוֹן is an אֵזוֹר. The Malbim in Yirmiyahu 13:1 ...
Danny Schoemann's user avatar
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Can air-dried earthenware become tamei?

The question is if a glue that is strong anough to make them utensils give them a status of Keli cheres despite they are not baked. Maybe that we have a proof that it is not the case from the Mishna ...
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Non-Jews vs Zavim with respect to entering the Temple

Mishna: ‏... הַחֵיל מְקֻדָּשׁ מִמֶּנּוּ, שֶׁאֵין גּוֹיִם וּטְמֵא מֵת נִכְנָסִים לְשָׁם...‏ See the Rash who asks your question: שאין נכרים וטמאי מתים נכנסים לשם - אע"ג דרבנן גזור על הנכרים ...
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Why is the halacha according to R. Meir against R. Shimon?

Eiruvin (46) says we do not know who to follow in disputes between Rebbi Shimon and Rebbi Meir. איבעיא להו רבי מאיר ורבי שמעון מאי תיקו Kesef Mishnah (Tzaarat 2:1) says that based on the Gemara’s ...
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Why do unfinished wooden utensils have a different law than unfinished metal utensils?

This question is asked and answered in the Gemara in Hulin 25a-b. A Sefaria explains: מאי שנא הני ומאי שנא הני?‏ רבי יוחנן אמר "הואיל ולכבוד עשויין"‏ רב נחמן אמר "הואיל ודמיהן יקרים"‏ ...
Danny Schoemann's user avatar
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Tumah after deciding not to "finish" an object

I think we can possibly answer this question by looking at the commentary of the Bartenura there: משישופם בעור הדג. להסיר קסמין שבהם, דקודם לכן לא חזו למלאכתן, שמשרטים את הבשר. אבל אם אינן מחוסרין ...
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Why is a tanner's intention not effective to induce susceptibility to tumah?

This Mishna is best explained using Rashi in Bava Kama 66b: מחשבה מטמאתן - בעל הבית אינו עשוי למוכרן ועושה מהן מטות ודולבקאות וקטבלאות ומשחשב עליהן לדבר שראוי לו בלא חסרון מלאכה מקבלין טומאה מיד:&...
Danny Schoemann's user avatar
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Why be stringent on Rabbinic tumah for sacrificial meat?

You ask: Why would we be more stringent with regards to vessels used for kodashim than other vessels, since we make it more likely that we will (accidentally) burn kodashim that is Biblically tahor ...
Danny Schoemann's user avatar
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Why isn't Keilim 20:6 reckoned amongst the stringencies of Beit Hillel and the leniencies of Beit Shammai?

In many cases, the Gemarah and Rishonim ask this kind of question and they answer that there is a different instance that would cause the kulah to become a chumra and vice versa, which is why it ...
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Is coral a kind of wood?

Jastrow explains that אלמוג can refer to coral as well as to coralwood, which is a kind of cedar: אַלְמוּג m. (b. h. עצי אלמגים, ע׳ אלגומים) 1) red coral. Tosef. Kel. B. Mets. III, 13; Kel. XIII, 6;...
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Why does an upside-down sealed pot save everything below it from tumah?

This Halacha is referring to Tumah Retzuza; under certain conditions Tumah travels in a straight line upwards and downwards, causing impurity to everything below it - until it hits the nethermost deep,...
Danny Schoemann's user avatar
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Does clay used as a foundation count as clay or as the ground?

I assume you are asking according to the Tana Kama of the Tosefta. See the Rash regarding the commentary you addressed, that the pieces are attachet on their bottom and not on their top. He begins ...
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Can air-dried earthenware become tamei?

Rav Ovadia M'Bartenura writes (ibid): (Source from Sefaria) משיצרפם בכבשן. וקודם צירוף הן כלי אדמה ואין מיטמאין When they are baked in the oven: And before this baking, they are earthenware [i.e. not ...
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What does שם כלי mean?

To echo's kouty's answer in simple English: A utensil - regarding Tuma - needs certain conditions to be a Kli. Amongst them: the ability to be useful. In this case, the ability to hold something - ...
Danny Schoemann's user avatar
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What does שם כלי mean?

Shem keli is a special halachical status of utensil, following the first pshat of the Rash, this status is lost when the Din of utensil is irreversibly cancelled. The statements regards the piece of ...
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