Audio by Michael Sokolow

Mishnah Mikvaos 9:3: The following are [items which are considered] not an interposition [on a person attempting to immerse]: tangles [of hair] on the head, or the armpit, or the hidden areas of a man. Rabbi Eliezer says: regarding either a man or a woman, anything which one cares about, interposes; and that which one does not care about, does not interpose.

אֵלּוּ שֶׁאֵין חוֹצְצִין, קִלְקֵי הָרֹאשׁ, וּבֵית הַשֶּׁחִי, וּבֵית הַסְּתָרִים בָּאִישׁ. רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר אוֹמֵר, אֶחָד הָאִישׁ וְאֶחָד הָאִשָּׁה, כָּל הַמַּקְפִּיד עָלָיו, חוֹצֵץ. וְשֶׁאֵין מַקְפִּיד עָלָיו, אֵין חוֹצֵץ:

Mishnah Mikvaos 9:4: A secretion in one’s eye, and a crusting on a wound, and moist sap, and moist feces on one’s flesh, and feces underneath a fingernail, and dirt particles, and a dangling nail, and the [temporary] thin hairs on an infant, [all these] do not become impure, and they do not render impure [i.e. if they are on one’s body, he does not become impure if they become impure, nor is one rendered impure by touching them while they are on the body of someone who is impure]. A membrane over a wound does become impure [i.e. one is rendered impure if it becomes impure while on his body], and it renders impure [i.e. one who touches it while it is on the body of someone impure is himself rendered impure].

לִפְלוּף שֶׁבָּעַיִן, וְגֶלֶד שֶׁעַל הַמַּכָּה, וּשְׂרָף הַלַּח, וְלִכְלוּכֵי צוֹאָה שֶׁעַל בְּשָׂרוֹ, וְצוֹאָה שֶׁתַּחַת הַצִּפֹּרֶן, וְצִפֹּרֶן הַמְדֻלְדֶּלֶת, כְּשׁוּת שֶׁל קָטָן, לֹא טָמֵא וְלֹא מְטַמֵּא. קְרוּם שֶׁעַל הַמַּכָּה, טָמֵא וּמְטַמֵּא:

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