Kelim, Chapter Fifteen, Mishnah Three

 

Mishnah Three

1)      The container of the flour-dealers’ sifter is susceptible to impurity, but the one of a householder is clean.

2)      Rabbi Judah says: also one that is used by a hairdresser is susceptible to impurity as a seat, since girls sit in it when their hair is dressed.

 

Explanation

Section one: Albeck explains that they would attach a container to either the bottom or the top of the flour-dealer’s sifter to catch loose flour when sifting. The type of container used by a professional is large enough to be considered an independent vessel and therefore it can become impure on its own. But the one used by a householder is small and insignificant and is therefore clean.

Section two: A similar type of container is used by women when dressing other women’s hair. This container is sometimes used as a seat, and therefore it is susceptible to “sitting impurity.” This means that if an impure person sits on it, the chair is impure even if the person doesn’t touch it.

 

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