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Prepared by Rabbi P. Feldman
of Kollel Iyun Hadaf, Yerushalayim
Rosh Kollel: Rabbi Mordecai Kornfeld
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Previous daf Nazir 49
1) WHY BOTH FATHER AND MOTHER MUST BE WRITTEN
(a) According to R. Akiva, "To his brother" teaches both that
a regular Kohen Gadol, and also a Kohen Gadol that is a
Nazir may become Tamei for a Mes Mitzvah.
(b) Question: Why must the Torah write both "To his father"
and "To his mother" (this may be asked both by Nazir and
(c) Answer: If the Torah only wrote "To his father", one
might have thought that he may not become Tamei for his
father, because it is not definite that it is really his
father, we only have a Chazakah - but he could become
Tamei for his mother, since it is surely his mother.
1. If the Torah only wrote "To his mother", one might
have thought that he may not become Tamei for his
mother, because lineage is not traced from the
mother, but he could become Tamei for his father,
since lineage comes from the father.
(d) Question: Why do we need "He will not come on any dead
2. The Torah said both, so we know that he may not
become Tamei for either.
(e) Answer: "On any" - to forbid (becoming Tamei for)
strangers; "dead" - to forbid relatives; "souls" - to
forbid a Revi'is of blood that came from 2 corpses.
2) FOR WHICH TUM'OS MUST A NAZIR SHAVE?
(a) (Mishnah): A Nazir must shave for the following:
1. A corpse;
(b) For any of these, he shaves, is sprinkled with purifying
water on days 3 and 7, and nullifies days guarded until
2. An olive's worth of a corpse;
3. An olive's worth of Netzel (fluid which exuded from
4. A spoon's worth of a decayed corpse;
5. A spine (and/or) skull;
6. A limb that separated from the body, in his life or
after death, with sufficient flesh on it;
7. Half a Kav of bones;
8. Half a Log of blood;
i. If he touched, moved or was in a tent with any
of these, he must shave;
9. A bone the size of a barley seed - if he touches or
moves it, he must shave.
1. He does not restart Nezirus Taharah until he becomes
Tahor (and brings sacrifices - Tosfos deletes this
from the text).
(c) (Gemara - Beraisa): After R. Meir's death, R. Yehudah
told his Talmidim 'Don't let Talmidim of R. Meir into the
Beis Medrash - they don't want to learn, they just want
to refute me.'
1. Sumchus pushed his way in and said 'R. Meir taught,
a Nazir must shave for the following: A corpse; an
olive's worth of a corpse...'
2. R. Yehudah (Angrily): Why did you let him in?! You
see he is just causing problems! If a Nazir shaves
for an olive's worth of a corpse, there is no need
to teach a (full) corpse!