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Mishnah Taharos 7:8: One [a priest] who was pure and decided not to eat [terumah], Rabbi Yehuda declares him pure because it is the way of impure individuals to stay away from him [lest they render him impure]; but the Sages say he is impure. If his hands were pure and he decided not to eat [terumah], even if he says, "I know that my hands were not rendered impure," his hands are impure, because hands are active.

מִי שֶׁהָיָה טָהוֹר, וְהִסִּיעַ אֶת לִבּוֹ מִלֶּאֱכֹל, רַבִּי יְהוּדָה מְטַהֵר, שֶׁדֶּרֶךְ טְמֵאִין פּוֹרְשִׁין מִמֶּנוּ. וַחֲכָמִים מְטַמְּאִים. הָיוּ יָדָיו טְהוֹרוֹת וְהִסִּיעַ אֶת לִבּוֹ מִלֶּאֱכֹל, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאָמַר יוֹדֵעַ אֲנִי שֶׁלֹּא נִטְמְאוּ יָדָי, יָדָיו טְמֵאוֹת, שֶׁהַיָּדַיִם עַסְקָנִיּוֹת:

Mishnah Taharos 7:9: If a woman went inside to bring out bread for a poor man and she came out to find him standing next to loaves of terumah, and similarly if a woman came out to find her friend raking coals under a pot of terumah, Rabbi Akiva declares them impure, but the Sages declare them pure. Rabbi Elazar ben Pilah says: What is the reason that Rabbi Akiva declares them impure but the Sages declare them pure? Because women are greedy [with regard to food], and she is suspected of having uncovered the pot of her friend to know what she is cooking.

הָאִשָּׁה שֶׁנִּכְנְסָה לְהוֹצִיא פַת לְעָנִי, וְיָצָאת וּמְצָאַתּוּ עוֹמֵד בְּצַד כִּכָּרוֹת שֶׁל תְּרוּמָה, וְכֵן הָאִשָּׁה שֶׁיָּצָאת וּמָצָאת אֶת חֲבֶרְתָּהּ חוֹתָה גֶחָלִים תַּחַת קְדֵרָה שֶׁל תְּרוּמָה, רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא מְטַמֵּא, וַחֲכָמִים מְטַהֲרִין. אָמַר רַבִּי אֶלְעָזָר בֶּן פִּילָא, וְכִי מִפְּנֵי מָה רַבִּי עֲקִיבָא מְטַמֵּא וַחֲכָמִים מְטַהֲרִין. מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהַנָּשִׁים גַּרְגְּרָנִיּוֹת הֵן, שֶׁהִיא חֲשׁוּדָה לְגַלּוֹת אֶת הַקְּדֵרָה שֶׁל חֲבֶרְתָּהּ, לֵידַע מַה הִיא מְבַשֶּׁלֶת:

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