Kelim, Chapter Twenty-Four, Mishnah Eight

 

Mishnah Eight

There are three different types of beds:

1)      One that is used for lying upon is susceptible to midras uncleanness;

2)      One used by glass makers is susceptible to corpse uncleanness;

3)      And one used by weavers is free from all uncleanness.

 

Explanation

Section one: A regular bed made to lie upon is susceptible to midras uncleanness.

Section two: Glass makers would use the bed to arrange the glass that they had already made. This type of bed is considered a vessel and therefore is susceptible to impurity. I should note that some of the commentators ask why this type of bed is considered to be a vessel and is susceptible, whereas the wagon used in olive making (mishnah five) is pure. The same question might be asked concerning the next section: why is this bed susceptible but a bed used by weavers not?

Section three: The bed used by weavers (there are various interpretations as to how this bed is used) is pure because it is not considered to be something used by a person.   

 

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