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1)

What does "Meihem" refer to?

1.

Ramban #1: It refers to all the above-mentioned Tamei species - to Beheimah, Sheretz and Chayah. 1

2.

Ramban #2 (citing Chagigah, 11a): We learn from "Meihem be'Mosam" that the Shi'ur Tum'ah of a dead Sheretz (of the eight species of Tamei Sheratzim) is a k'Adashah. 2


1

Despite the fact that "bahem be'Mosam" in the previous Pasuk refers specifically to Sheratzim (See Ramban).

2

The size of a lentil, and not a k'Zayis, like other Neveilos.

2)

Why does the Torah specify "wooden vessels"?

1.

Rashbam: To preclude stone vessels and vessels made of earth from the realm of Tum'ah.

3)

Why does the Torah insert the word "v'Taher" after "v'Tamei ad ha'Erev"?

1.

Rashi: He immerses, but remains Tamei for Terumah until nightfall, at which point he becomes Tahor.

2.

Ramban, Moshav Zekenim (citing Toras Kohanim): "V'Tamei ad ha'Erev" refers to a prohibition against eating Terumah and Kodshim. "V'Taher" immediately after Tevilah he is Tahor for Chulin and Ma'aser Sheini. 1


1

Ramban (DH 'v'Hinei Hizkir), Moshav Zekenim: One may eat Chulin when he is Tamei if he wants!

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