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1)

What is the factual difference between a Nega in the location of flesh and a Nega in the location of hair?

1.

Rashi: The sign of Tum'ah on the former is two white hairs, on the latter, two yellow hairs - after a patch of black hair has fallen out, 1 which explains why it is called 'Nesek'. 2

2.

Ramban #1 (according to his interpretation of Rashi): The sign of Tum'ah on the latter is two yellow hairs that grow on black hair that is still intact. 3

3.

Ramban #2: The latter, like the former, requires a patch of white skin 4 with one of the four appearances (Se'es, Baheres and their Toldos), only instead of two white hairs, the Siman Tum'ah of the latter is two yellow hairs.

4.

Ramban #3 (based on Tosefta 1:4): The latter, like the former, requires skin without hair, but they are not limited to the four appearances of white. It can be a white patch on black (skin of the head) or a black patch on white. Ra'avad (Hilchos Tum'as Tzara'as 8:1) - the Tosefta implies that a changed appearance is needed, but Toras Kohanim implies that it is not needed.


1

It is not, however subject to the four appearances (Se'es, Baheres and their Toldos. See Rashi on Pesukim 40,42 and R. Chavel's footnotes on Ramban).

2

Which means 'fallen out'.

3

Even though the hair is still intact (See Rashi, Pasuk 42).

4

Where the black hair has fallen out.

2)

What are the connotations of "u'Mar'eh ha'Nesek Amok min ha'Or"?

1.

Ramban #1: It refers to the yellow (bright-colored) hairs that look deeper than the skin. 1

2.

Ramban: It refers to the Nesek that turned white after the black hair fell out. 2


1

Refer to 13:2:2:1.

2

Refer to 13:30:1:3.

3)

What is the meaning of "Nesek Hu"?

1.

Rashi and Seforno: It is the name of the plague. 1


1

Refer to 13:30:1:1**.

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