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1) [line 1] SHEYAREI MINCHAH
(a) When an individual who is not a Kohen offers a Korban Minchah (flour
offering), a Kohen must take off a Kometz (handful), which is burned upon the
(b) A Kometz is the amount that can be held by the middle three fingers when
they are pressed upon the palm. The Kohen puts his hand in the dough or baked
goods and removes one handful. The excess of dough or baked goods that sticks
out is then wiped off by the thumb and the smallest finger until only the
(c) The remainder of the Minchah (the Sheyarei ha'Minchah) is eaten by male
(d) A Minchah that is brought by the Tzibur and a Minchah offered by a Kohen
are entirely burned on the Mizbe'ach
2) [line 7] KARTAVLA - a hide that has been boiled, resulting in a hard, flat
3) [line 14] MECHUSAR KIPURIM
(a) There are three stages in the Taharah (purification) process of a Zav,
Zavah, Yoledes, and Metzora: 1. Tevilah (immersing in a Ma'ayan - for a Zav,
or a Mikvah - for the others), 2. He'erev Shemesh (nightfall after the
Tevilah) and 3. a Korban.
(b) The above Teme'im may not eat Terumah until nightfall after the Tevilah.
They may not eat Kodshim until they have brought their Korbanos the following
morning. A Tamei who has only immersed is called a Tevul Yom until nightfall.
After nightfall he is called a Mechusar Kaparah until he brings his Korban.
4) [line 22] B'CHIBURIN SHANU - while they (the hands) were touching each
other [the hand that was Tehorah touched Kodesh]
5) [line 10] KOL HA'POSEL BI'TERUMAH - anything that renders Terumah produce
Pasul, i.e. a Sheni l'Tum'ah (see Background to Chagigah 18:15)
6) [line 21] CHIBAS HA'KODESH - The Endearment Of Kodesh
(a) The more precious an object is, the more it is guarded. It is therefore
required that we guard Kodesh from Tum'ah more stringently than we guard
Chulin or Terumah. For this reason, Kodesh can become Tamei even if it has
never come in contact with a liquid, the usual process for making something
Huchshar l'Kabel Tum'ah (see Background to Chagigah 19:4).
(b) Likewise, even Kodesh items that are inedible (such as the wood for the
Mizbe'ach and Levonah -- frankincense) can become Tamei as if they were
(c) According to RASHI (Pesachim 19a DH Alma) this Tum'ah of wood and
frankincense of Hekdesh is only mid'Rabanan, while according to TOSFOS (ibid.
DH Alma; Chulin 35a DH Ein), this Tum'ah is mid'Oraisa (see Insights to
Pesachim 19a, 20a).
7) [line 23] KUSH - a spindle, the thin rod that is used to twist and wind
8) [line 28] YEHUDAH - the district of Yehudah, comprising the lands settled
by the tribes of Yehudah and Binyamin. Yehudah was approximately the area
south of the modern-day road that connects Beis Shemesh with the Jerusalem -
Tel-Aviv highway, and south of the modern-day highway from the Sha'ar ha'Gai
intersection to Jerusalem. Binyamin extended northward from Yehudah until the
area surrounding the city of Shiloh.
9) [line 29] SHE'AS HA'GITOS VEHA'BADIM - the time of the year when grapes
and olives are pressed, respectively (grapes - Gitos (winepresses); olives -
Badim (olive presses)). At those times, everyone is Metaher (purifies) their
utensils under the supervision of the Chachamim (RASHI to Chagigah 22a)