Kelim, Chapter Eleven, Mishnah Five

 

Mishnah Five

1)      The scorpion [-shaped] bit of a bridle is susceptible to impurity, but the cheek-pieces are clean.  

a)      Rabbi Eliezer says that the cheek-pieces are susceptible to impurity.

b)      But the sages says that the scorpion-bit alone is susceptible to impurity,

2)      When they are joined together it is all susceptible to impurity.

 

Explanation

Section one: The two pieces of equipment mentioned here are used in bridling an animal. According to the Rambam, the scorpion-shaped bit is susceptible because it has its own name, whereas the cheek-pieces do not.

Rabbi Eliezer holds that since the cheek-pieces are made for people to use and they are part of the bit, they too are susceptible.

Section two: The sages agree that if the cheek-pieces are attached to the bridle, they too are susceptible to impurity.

 

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