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Pesachim 19: Pure Spit

What levels of tumah for which kinds of foods (consecrated, terumah, chullin)? And what happens to kadosh (consecrated) items that come in content with impurity? The combination and contamination within one vessel. Plus the non-food impurity rendered by a t’vol yom. Also – the scenario of a needle in a cow, which is metal… What is pure, what is impure? Doesn’t it matter where the needle is found? What’s What: “Tumat Yadayim.” One of the many rabbinic decrees that establish Impurity. Which brings us back to R. Hanina S’gan ha-Kohanim. Also, the question of “safek” – when there’s a question about the status of something that is found, and the determining factors relate to environmental, surrounding norms. For example, utensils found on the path to or from the mikveh.


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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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