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Chagigah 18: When Purification Requires Intent

A new mishnah: Washing hands prior to eating non-kodesh food, for ma’aserot, for terumot; and for kodesh (korbanot) or for a chatat, you need to dunk. But what if you’ve dunked for the purpose of eating regular food? You’re presumed to be pure for the level of food that you dunked, but not for anything that requires a greater level of purity (whereas if you are pure for a higher level, you are considered pure for the lesser requirements as well). Also, a hierarchy is present for the potential impurity of one’s garments. Plus, the experience of Yosi ben Yoezer and Yochanan ben Gudgedah. Also, do you really need to wash your hands if you’re going to eat regular food?! And what about for ma’aser? It’s all compared to a passage in Bikkurim. And opens the question what foods we wash our hands for and why

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Anne Gordon is the deputy editor of Ops & Blogs at The Times of Israel. She is a veteran educator, having taught in high school and post-high school institutions in Israel and America for several decades. Yardaena Osband is a pediatrician and teaches in her community and online. They both hail from Boston, proud alumna of Maimonides School, where they first learned Gemara. Talking Talmud is their conversation (via podcast) on the daf yomi. They say: "Learning the daf? We have something for you to think about. Not learning the daf? We have something for you to think about! (Along with a taste of the daf...) Join the conversation with us!"
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