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מסכת כלים

פרק כט משנה ב

The following mishnah lists how many of various types of item can be attached to each other and be considered חבור לטמאה, attached for the purposes of tumah wherein if one becomes tamei, those attached to it become tamei.  Also addressed if חבור להזיה, where if items are attached to each other and become tamei from a corpse, sprinkling the purification waters on one will render the other tahor as well.

שלש כסתות של צמר

Three mattress of wool,

שש של פשתן

six of linen,

שלשה סדינין

three sheets,

שתים עשרה מטפחות

twelve matpechos (small pieces of cloth, often used as hand towels or kerchiefs),

שני סבריקין

two trousers,

חלוק אחד

one shirt,

טלית אחת

one cloak,

קלבקרין אחד

one winter cloak (i.e. these three items cannot be attached to a second item),

חבור לטמאה

are (considered) attached for tumah


and sprinkling;

יתר מכן

more than that

חבור לטמאה

are attached for tumah (as a rabbinically imposed stringincy)

ואינו חבור להזיה

and are not attached for sprinkling;

רבי יוסי אומר

Rabbi Yosi says

אף לא לטמאה

also not for tumah.


פרק כט משנה ג

חוט המשקלת

A plumb line (this was a sting from which a metal weight was suspended, and it was used to ensure that a wall or other item was plumb, or perfectly vertical),

שנים עשר

(to be considered attached to the metal weight for the purposes of tumah and taharah could be a maximum of) twelve (handbreadths),

של חרשין

that of carpenter,

שמונה עשר


של בניין

that of builders,

חמישים אמה

fifty amos;

יתר מכן

more than that

אם רצה לקים

(even) if he want it to keep it (at a length exceeding these measures)


it is tahor (and not considered attached);

של סידין

that of plasterers

ושל צירין

and that of muralists (both of whom do their work on walls)

כל שהן

any amount (there is not maximum for these).


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