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Mishnah Negaim 11:7: A screen that has colored and white patches, they extend from one into the other. They asked Rabbi Eliezer, "What if there was only one white section?" and he said, "I do not know." Rabbi Yehuda ben Beteira said to him, "Shall I teach in this?" He said to him, "If [your purpose is] to establish the words of the Sages, go on." He said to him, "Maybe it will stand [unchanged] for two weeks, and clothing that stands [unchanged] for two weeks is impure." He said to him, "You are a great Sage because you established the words of the Sages." Connected spreading, any amount [makes it impure] and [spreading over] a distance must be the size of a bean. And a returning [Nega] must be the size of a bean.

קַיְטָא שֶׁיֶּשׁ בָּהּ פִּסְפָּסִים צְבוּעִים וּלְבָנִים, פּוֹשִׂין מִזֶּה לָזֶה. שָׁאֲלוּ אֶת רַבִּי אֱלִיעֶזֶר, וַהֲרֵי הוּא פִסְפָּס יָחִיד. אָמַר לָהֶן, לֹא שָׁמַעְתִּי. אָמַר לוֹ רַבִּי יְהוּדָה בֶן בְּתֵירָא, אֲלַמֵּד בּוֹ. אָמַר לוֹ, אִם לְקַיֵּם דִּבְרֵי חֲכָמִים, הֵן. אָמַר לוֹ, שֶׁמָּא יַעֲמֹד בּוֹ שְׁנֵי שָׁבוּעוֹת, וְהָעוֹמֵד בַּבְּגָדִים שְׁנֵי שָׁבוּעוֹת טָמֵא. אָמַר לוֹ, חָכָם גָּדוֹל אַתָּה, שֶׁקִּיַּמְתָּ דִּבְרֵי חֲכָמִים. הַפִּשְׂיוֹן הַסָּמוּךְ, כָּל שֶׁהוּא. הָרָחוֹק, כַּגְּרִיס. וְהַחוֹזֵר, כַּגְּרִיס:

Mishnah Negaim 11:8: The warp and the weft are able to become impure from Negaim immediately. Rabbi Yehuda says, the warp when it is boiled and the weft immediately, and spun threads of linen when they are bleached. How much must be on the coil for it to become impure from Negaim? Enough to weave from it three [fingers] by three [fingers], warp and weft, even if it is all warp or even if it is all weft. If there were splits [in the thread], it does not become impure from Negaim. Rabbi Yehuda says, even if it split once and he tied it [back together], it does not become impure.

הַשְּׁתִי וְהָעֵרֶב מִטַּמְּאִים בַּנְּגָעִים מִיָּד. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, הַשְּׁתִי, מִשֶּׁיִּשָּׁלֵק, וְהָעֵרֶב, מִיָּד. וְהָאוּנִין שֶׁל פִּשְׁתָּן, מִשֶּׁיִּתְלַבֵּנוּ. כַּמָּה יְהֵא בַפְּקַעַת וּתְהֵא מִטַּמְּאָה בַנְּגָעִים, כְּדֵי לֶאֱרֹג מִמֶּנָּה שָׁלשׁ עַל שָׁלשׁ שְׁתִי וָעֵרֶב, אֲפִלּוּ כֻלָּהּ שְׁתִי, אֲפִלּוּ כֻלָּהּ עֵרֶב. הָיְתָה פְסִיקוֹת, אֵינָהּ מִטַּמְּאָה בַנְּגָעִים. רַבִּי יְהוּדָה אוֹמֵר, אֲפִלּוּ פְסִיקָה אַחַת וּקְשָׁרָהּ, אֵינָהּ מִטַּמְּאָה:

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