Kelim, Chapter Twenty-Eight, Mishnah Four

 

Mishnah Four

1)      Covers of scrolls, whether they are decorated or not, are susceptible to uncleanness according to the view of Bet Shammai.

2)      Bet Hillel says: those that are decorated are pure, but those that are not decorated are susceptible.

3)      Rabban Gamaliel says: both the former and the latter are pure. 

 

Explanation

Section one: According to Bet Shammai, one might take a scroll covering and convert it for another usage. Therefore, it is susceptible to impurity.

Section two: Bet Hillel says that this is true only of an undecorated scroll cover. It might be converted to other usage. However, a decorated scroll cover is not susceptible because one would take such a beautiful scroll cover and use it for some other need. Note that this accords with the mishnah in 24:14.

Section three: Rabban Gamaliel says that even undecorated scroll covers will not be used for another purpose. Therefore they are pure. 

 

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