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Tum'a (toom-ah) — Ritual impurity; normally results from any transition from life to death, even on a small level or to a small extent
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Tum'a: Animals
Tum'a: Animals
Wash your hands with a cup, using the One-Time Method , after...
Tum'a: Cemetery
Tum'a within Cemetery
Ritual impurity ( tum’a ) in a cemetery comes from being within 4...
Yom Kippur: Washing
Yom Kippur: Washing To Remove Tum'a
On Yom Kippur (as on Tish’a b’Av ), if you must wash...
Tum'a: Contact with Dead Non-Jew
Tum'a: Contact with Dead Non-Jew
Contact with the body of a dead non-Jew confers tum’a, just as...
Tum'a: Non-Jews
Tum'a: Non-Jews
Non-Jews do not have ritual impurity ( tum’a ) the way Jews do....
Tum'a: Patient Revival
Retroactive Tum'a
If a patient has no pulse, is chilled, and has no brain function but can...
Tum'a: Prayer
Prayer: Blessing near Tum'a
For purposes of prayer while tum’a is around: Feces...
Tum'a: Shoes
Tum'a: Leather or Synthetic Shoes
Only leather shoes are considered to carry tum’a. Reason...
Tum'a: Touching Body Parts
Tum'a: Scratching your Head
You must wash your hands (the One-Time Method ) if you scratch your...
Tum'a: Touching Body Parts
Tum'a: Touching with Finger
If you touch something that has transferable spiritual impurity (...
Tum'a: Transferring to Another Person
Tum'a: Transferring Tum'a to Another Person
After sleeping, a person cannot transfer tum’a from his or her...
Introduction to Tahara/Tum'a
Introduction to Tahara/Tum'a
The Torah commands us to be kedoshim (holy, or set apart), requiring...
What Removes Tum'a
Minimum Amount of Water To Remove Tum'a
The minimum amount of water to remove tum’a (ritual impurity) is...
What Removes Tum'a
Tum'a and Snow
Snow removes tum’a but requires 480 se'ah of snow . This...
What Does Not Remove Tum'a
Tum'a and Dirt, Ashes, Sand
“Washing” hands with dirt, ashes, or sand does not remove...
What Does Not Remove Tum'a
Tum'a and Moist Towelette
A moist towelette (baby wipe, alcohol wipes, etc.) does not remove...
Handwashing for Tum'a: General Concepts
Tum'a and Drying Hands before Handwashing
To wash hands from tum’a or all other purposes, you do not need...
Handwashing for Tum'a: General Concepts
Tum'a and Pouring Backhanded
To wash hands from tum’a , there is no problem with pouring water...
Handwashing for Tum'a: General Concepts
Tum'a and Which Hand To Wash First
To remove tum’a from hands , it is preferable to wash the right...
Tum'a: Removal: Washing Water
Tum'a: Evaporated Washing Water
Washing water does not have any residual tum’a once it has...
Tum'a: Removal: Washing Water
Tum'a: Reusing Washing Water
You may re-use washing water for other purposes (ex., to irrigate...
Tum'a: Books
Tum'a: Washing Hands and Books
You do not need to wash your hands before reading a book of...
Tum'a: Cemetery
Tum'a above Cemetery
Ritual impurity from a cemetery goes up to the sky, so a cohen should...
Tum'a: Contact with Dead Non-Jew
Tum'a: Cohen and Non-Jewish Cemetery
A cohen should not walk through a non-Jewish cemetery unless he has an...
Tum'a: Contact with Dead Non-Jew
Tum'a: Cohen Flying on Plane Carrying a Body
A cohen should not fly on a flight that has a dead body on it, even if...
Tum'a: Contact with Dead Non-Jew
Tum'a: Cohen Touching Dead Non-Jew
A cohen is forbidden from touching or picking up a dead body of a...
Tum'a: Hair
Tum'a: Hair Cutting: Washing Afterward
Wash your hands using the One-Time Method after cutting (or having...
Tum'a: Holy Items
Tum'a: Bringing Holy Items into Area of Impurity
To carry a holy item into an area that has impurity, put the item in two...
Tum’a: Hospitals
Tum'a: Hospitals: Cohen Visiting Wife
A cohen may visit his wife in the hospital even though there are often...
Tum'a: Shoes
Tum'a: Leather Shoes and Washing
After touching leather shoes, you must wash your hands using the...
Tum'a: Sleeping
Tum'a: Food Under Bed When Sleeping
Do not keep food under your bed when you sleep; but if you did, you may...
Tum'a: Sleeping
Tum'a: Missing Opportunity To Say Blessing
Situation You wake up after sleeping for more than 30...
Tum'a: Sleeping
Tum'a: Sleeping more than 30 Minutes
After waking from sleeping more than 30 minutes, don’t touch your...
Tum'a: Sleeping
Tum'a: Walking before Handwashing
You should not walk 4 amot (6’10”, or 2.1 m) before...
Tum'a: Toilet
Tum'a: Toilet
After using the toilet, you only need to wash hands if you touched the...
Tum'a: Touching Body Parts
Tum'a: Touching Body Parts after Saying HaMotzi
You must wash your hands again (but without a blessing ) using the...
Tum'a: Uncovered Water
Tum'a: Water Uncovered Overnight
There is no problem with leaving water uncovered overnight.  
Tum'a: Nail Clipping: Disposal
Tum'a: Burning Nail Clippings
Burning nail clippings is OK (but it has kabbalistic complications and...
Tum'a: Nail Clipping: Disposal
Tum'a: Burying Nail Clippings
Burying nail clippings is OK but only if they will not become uncovered...
Tum'a: Nail Clipping: Disposal
Tum'a: Nail Clipping: Washing Afterward
Wash your hands using the One-Time Method after cutting (or having...
Tum'a: Nail Clipping: Disposal
Tum'a: Putting Nail Clippings Down Toilet or Drain
Nail clippings, even from children and non-Jews, have ru’ach...
Tum'a: Food Overnight
Tum'a: Leaving Cut Produce Uncovered Overnight
Some foods (such as onions, garlic, and scallions/green onions)...
Tum'a: Wet/Dry Fruit/Food
Tum'a: Handwashing for Bread
See HaMotzi: Washing Hands .  
Tum'a: Wet/Dry Fruit/Food
Tum'a: Wet Food Normally Eaten by Hand
Wash your hands (without saying the handwashing blessing) before eating...
Handwashing for Tum'a: General Concepts
Tum'a and From What To Pour
When washing your hands using the One-Time Method , in...
Handwashing for Tum'a: General Concepts
Tum'a and Hot Water
You may wash your hands with hot water for any ritual purpose except for...
Handwashing for Tum'a: General Concepts
Tum'a and Where To Wash
You may wash your hands inside a bathroom for any purpose, even before...
Tum'a: Removal: Washing Cup
Tum'a: Squeeze Bottle as Washing Cup
You may wash your hands for any halachic purpose using a squeeze...
Tum'a: Removal: Washing Cup
Tum'a: Washing Cup Spout
If a washing utensil has a spout that is lower than the rim, pour only...
Tum'a: Removal: Washing Water
Tum'a: Praying if No Water for Handwashing
If there is no water to wash hands, even after sleeping, you still say...
Introduction to Shavuot
Introduction to Shavuot
Shavuot ( Yom HaBikurim in the Torah) celebrates and commemorates...
U'rchatz: Wash Hands (No blessing)
U'rchatz (No blessing)
Wash hands from a cup of water but do not say a blessing on washing....
Nida/Taharat HaMishpacha
Four Most Common Nida Questions
  What Makes a Woman a Nida  ...
Three-Times Method: When To Wash
When To Use the Three-Times Method
Use the Three-Times Method to wash hands from tum’a...
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Time Limits and Falling Asleep
After-Blessings (Bracha Achrona): Falling Asleep for more than 30 Minutes
If you fell asleep for more than 30 minutes in the middle of a meal:...
Tish’a B’Av
Tish'a B'Av: Hand Washing
On Tish’a B’Av , as on Yom Kippur , if you must wash...

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