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Mishnah, Niddah, 8.2

nan[A woman] may attribute [a bloodstain] to any [external] cause to which she can possibly attribute it. If [for instance] she had slaughtered a beast, a wild animal or a bird, Or if she was handling bloodstains or if she sat beside those who handled them. Or if she killed a louse, she may attribute the bloodstain to it. How large a stain may be attributed to a louse? Rabbi Hanina ben Antigonus says: one up to the size of a split bean; And even if she did not kill it. She may also attribute it to her son or to her husband. If she herself had a wound that could open again and bleed she may attribute it to it."

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1. Mishnah, Niddah, 4.2, 8.1, 8.3 (1st cent. CE - 3rd cent. CE)

4.2. The daughters of the Sadducees, so long as they are accustomed to walking in the paths of their fathers, are to be regarded as Samaritan women. If they left those paths to walk in the paths of Israel, they are to be regarded as Israelite women. Rabbi Yose says: they are always regarded as Israelite women unless they leave the paths of Israel to walk in the paths of their fathers." 8.1. If a woman observed a bloodstain on her body: If it was opposite her genital area she is unclean; But if it was not near the genital are she remains clean. If it was on her heel or on the tip of her large toe, she is unclean. On her thigh or on her feet: If on the inner side, she is unclean; If on their outer side, she remains clean. And if on the front and back sides she remains clean. If she observed it on her garment: Below the belt, she is unclean, But if above the belt, she remains clean. If she observed it on the sleeve of her shirt: If it can reach as low as her genital area, she is unclean, But if it cannot, she remains clean. If she takes it off and covers herself with it in the night, she is unclean wherever the stain is found, since it can turn about. And the same law applies to a pallium." 8.3. It happened that a woman came in front of Rabbi Akiva and said. She said to him: I have seen a bloodstain. He said to her: Perhaps you had a wound? She said to him: Yes, but it has healed. He said to her: Perhaps it could have opened again and let out some blood.\" She said to him: Yes. And Rabbi Akiva declared her clean. He saw his disciples looked at each other in astonishment. He said to them: Why do you find this difficult, for the sages did not say this rule in order to be stringent but rather to be lenient, for it is said, \"And if a woman have issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood\" blood but not a bloodstain."

Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
authority Libson (2018) 74
blood Libson (2018) 74, 81
bones Balberg (2014) 232
halberstam,chaya Hayes (2015) 220
impurity Libson (2018) 81
menstrual impurity Hayes (2015) 220, 222; Libson (2018) 74
menstruation Libson (2018) 74
mockery,in rabbinic literature Hayes (2015) 222
nominalism,legal,in rabbinic sources Hayes (2015) 220, 222
nominalism,legal,mockery of Hayes (2015) 222
presumption,legal Hayes (2015) 220, 222
realism,legal,in rabbinic sources' Hayes (2015) 222
realism,legal,in rabbinic sources Hayes (2015) 220
schwartz,daniel Hayes (2015) 222
seminal emissions Balberg (2014) 232
sensation Libson (2018) 81
thought (mahshava),role of in purity system Balberg (2014) 232
torahs deviation from Hayes (2015) 220, 222
visibility,implications of for im/purity Balberg (2014) 232