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1)

What are the connotations of "Al Teshaktzu Es Nafshoseichem"?

1.

Rashi (in Yoma, 80b): It is a prohibition against abominating oneself by eating Sheratzim.

2.

Moshav Zekenim (from Makos 17b): [Es] includes everything disgusting, e.g. to drink from bloodletters' Kelim, and Beitzim Muzaros (they are not from a male, but a hen sat on them many days); if they are repulsive to a person, he may not eat them. One who delays his bowels (and some say, or urinating) transgresses this.

2)

Seeing as only Kohanim are subject to the Isur of Tum'ah (See 21:1), why does the Torah write "v'Lo Sitam'u bahem"?

1.

Rashi (in Yoma, 80): "v'Lo Sitam'u bahem" is (not a prohibition against touching Sheratzim, but) against eating them.

3)

What are the ramifications of "v'Nitmeisem Bam"?

1.

Rashi: If someone is Metamei himself by eating Sheratzim in this world, Hashem will be Metamei him in the World to Come and in the Yeshivah Shel Ma'alah. 1

2.

Yuma 39a: We read this like 'v'Nitamtem Bam' - Aveirah 2 blunts a person's heart. Mesilas Yesharim (Perek 11) - forbidden foods enter Tum'ah in a person's heart and Nefesh, and Hashem's Kedushah leaves and distances from him, and true knowledge, Ru'ach and intellect leave him.


1

Even if he merits a portion in Olam ha'Ba, he will sit there in a state of contamination.

2

Chafetz Chaim (on Sifra Perek 6 Parshah 5, 1): Chazal expounded that the verse does not discuss eating, for the only food that is Metamei through eating is Nivlas Ohf Tahor.

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