Kelim, Chapter Twenty-Four, Mishnah Sixteen


Mishnah Sixteen

There are three different types of hair nets:

1)      A girl’s is susceptible to midras uncleanness;

2)      An old woman’s is susceptible to corpse uncleanness;

3)      And [the hair net] of a woman who “goes out” is free from all uncleanness. 



Section one: A girl’s hair net is made so that it can also be sat upon. Therefore, it is susceptible to midras.

Section two: According to our mishnah, an old woman’s hair net is not made to be sat upon, therefore it is not susceptible to midras. Note that in 28:9 the Mishnah will teach the opposite: a girl’s is susceptible only to corpse uncleanness but an old woman’s is susceptible to midras. Albeck seems to think that the version preserved in 28:9 is more accurate.

Section three: There are two explanations for a woman who “goes out.” Some explain this to be a temporary hair net used by a woman who merely goes out to the courtyard. Others explain that a woman who “goes out” refers to a prostitute. Her hair net does not cover much hair so it is not considered a vessel.