Kelim, Chapter Fifteen, Mishnah Five

 

Introduction

The general rule expressed in section three summarizes this halakhah well. A shovel is susceptible to impurity if it is used to hold things, even temporarily. This is enough to fill the requirement that the vessel have a receptacle.

However, if the shovel is used only to move things around, then it is clean because it is not considered to have a receptacle.

The rest of the mishnah is straightforward, so there is no commentary below.

 

Mishnah Five

1)      The grist-dealers’ shovel is susceptible to impurity but the one used in grain stores is clean.

2)      The one used in wine- presses is susceptible to impurity but that used in threshing- floors is clean.

3)      This is the general rule: [a shovel] that is intended to hold anything is susceptible to impurity but one intended only to heap stuff together is clean.

 

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