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If one plants tamei terumah, is the gedulin [product] also tamei?

The Mishnah in Terumos 9:7 says that they become regular teruma but can’t be eaten as a chumra: שְׁתִילֵי תְרוּמָה שֶׁנִטְמְאוּ, שְׁתָלָן, טָהֲרוּ מִלְּטַמֵּא, וַאֲסוּרִין מִלֶּאֱכֹל עַד שֶׁיָּגֹם ...
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Does the Oral Torah have a law against 'common' animals?

You'd have to define your terms better, but a live kosher animal (let's say a cow) remains kosher even if it touches a pig. Whatever you're describing doesn't ring any bells. Off the top of my head, ...
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Touching the hands of a Jew who didn't wash netilat yadayim in the morning

In addition to the כף החיים, the שו"ת לב חיים (ח"א סימן ס"ה) and the בו איש חי (תולדות י"ב) also say that if one touches someone's hands that didn't wash his hands, one should wash ...
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Should a man say a bracha if immersing in a mikvah?

The Mateh Efrayim (606:17) rules that even though there is a Mitzvah to toivel, one does not make a beracha. כל טבילות אלו שטובל בערב יום הכיפורים, אף על פי שהם מצוה, אינו מברך עליהם
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Hyssop: a herb that purifies?

On the technical side, hyssop is a plant from which ointments that have antibacterial and antifungal properties can be produced (see here and here for example). Such healing ointments were also made ...
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Tevilas Ezra on Shabbos

The משנה ברורה speaks about this in 326:24 וכתבו האחרונים דמ"מ נראה דמותר לטבול לקריו כיון דנתבטל התקנה ומותר בתורה ובתפלה אפילו קודם טבילה וכנ"ל בסי' פ"ח א"כ לא מחזי כמתקן ע"...
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Can someone [be] tovel accidentally? (Does tovelling need kavanah?)

Regarding tevilas keilim, the Shulchan Aruch paskens (YD 120:15) that a non-Jew can dip the keilim. The Shach (120:28) points out that this means tevilas keilim does not require kavanah, even if ...
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Touching the hands of a Jew who didn't wash netilat yadayim in the morning

Caf Hachayim OC 2.4 SQ 17 (יז) מי שנטל ידיו, ואחר כך נגע בידיו של אחר שלא נטל ידיו, צריך לחזור וליטול פעם ב'. רוח חיים שם אות ו', וכן כתב בן איש חי שם אות י"ב בשם לב חיים סימן ס"ה. ‏ One ...
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Does tumah applies in any way to Bnei Noach?

According to Pesachim 92a, a gentile is not susceptible to ritual impurity: He was a gentile and therefore he was not susceptible to ritual impurity, because gentiles do not contract ritual impurity ...
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Wearing gloves while dealing with food

I’d like to offer a few disparate halachos in the Mishnah Berura to conclude with an answer to this question. Background: Not washing netilas yadayim in the morning causes a problem to touch certain ...
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Consumption of Foods and Liquids Touched By One Who Didn’t Do Morning Netilat Yadayim

In regards to question 2: MB 4:14 יד) מפסיד השכר - ואם נגע במאכל קודם שנטל ידיו אין לאסור המאכל עי"ז אבל לכתחילה מאוד יש ליזהר שלא ליגע אז בשום מאכל ואם נגע באוכל ידיחנו ג"פ. וכן אין לשתות ...
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Hargasha nowdays

I think that each of the three approaches you mention will answer your question differently. 1. Hargoshos Still Exist: This mehalach holds that there remain hargoshos today. This seems to be the ...
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Why is Pesach Sheni the only "second chance"?

On pessach the obligations (מצווה חיובית) of every Jewish person is to eat at least a kesayis of a korban pessach. If the individual is Tamei, he/she cannot be מקים that obligation, and thus cannot ...
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At what point does a corpse become so decomposed as to no longer defile?

In the first mishna of the second perek of Maseches Ohalos, it states that a מלא תרווד רקב (a spoonful of the rot of a dead body in a literal sense) has the same level of tuma as a dead body in that ...
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