Kelim, Chapter Twenty-Four, Mishnah Six

 

Mishnah Six

There are three different types of bases:

1)      One which lies before a bed or before a scribe is susceptible to midras uncleanness;

2)      One for a side-table is susceptible to corpse uncleanness; 

3)      And one for a cupboard is free from all uncleanness.

 

Explanation

Section one: The base which is put in front of a bed or in front of a scribe is sometimes sat upon. Therefore it is susceptible to midras impurity.

Section two: The base next to a side-table is sometimes stood upon by a servant, therefore it is considered a vessel. But it is not sat upon therefore it is not susceptible to midras.

Section three: The one that serves as the base for a cupboard is not considered a vessel at all, and therefore it is not susceptible to uncleanness.  

 

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