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Mishnah Niddah 2:5: The Sages analogized women through a parable: a chamber, a corridor, and an upper chamber. The blood of the chamber is impure. If [blood is] found in the corridor, its uncertainty is impure [i.e. there is an uncertainty regarding its origin, and it is thereby impure], because it is presumed to have come from the source [i.e. from the chamber].

מָשָׁל מָשְׁלוּ חֲכָמִים בָּאִשָּׁה, הַחֶדֶר וְהַפְּרוֹזְדוֹר וְהָעֲלִיָּה. דַּם הַחֶדֶר, טָמֵא. נִמְצָא בַפְּרוֹזְדוֹר, סְפֵקוֹ טָמֵא, לְפִי שֶׁחֶזְקָתוֹ מִן הַמָּקוֹר:

Mishnah Niddah 2:6: Five kinds [colors] of blood in a woman are impure: the red, and the black, and like the brightness of a crocus, and like earthy waters, and like diluted wine. Beit Shammai say: also like fenugreek water, and like the waters of roasted meat. And Beit Hillel consider these [last two] pure. Regarding that which is yellow [literally: green], Akavia ben Mahalalel considers it impure, and the Sages consider it pure. Rabbi Meir said: even if it does not render impurity as a [blood] stain, it [nonetheless] renders impurity as a liquid. Rabbi Yose says: neither thus, nor thus.

חֲמִשָּׁה דָמִים טְמֵאִים בָּאִשָּׁה. הָאָדֹם, וְהַשָּׁחֹר, וּכְקֶרֶן כַּרְכּוֹם, וּכְמֵימֵי אֲדָמָה, וּכְמָזוּג. בֵּית שַׁמַּאי אוֹמְרִים, אַף כְּמֵימֵי תִלְתָּן וּכְמֵימֵי בָשָׂר צָלִי. וּבֵית הִלֵּל מְטַהֲרִין. הַיָּרֹק, עֲקַבְיָא בֶן מַהֲלַלְאֵל מְטַמֵּא, וַחֲכָמִים מְטַהֲרִים. אָמַר רַבִּי מֵאִיר, אִם אֵינוֹ מְטַמֵּא מִשּׁוּם כֶּתֶם, מְטַמֵּא מִשּׁוּם מַשְׁקֶה. רַבִּי יוֹסֵי אוֹמֵר, לֹא כָךְ וְלֹא כָךְ:

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