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 15:1  15:2
 15:3
15:2 to speak to the Israelites and tell them [as follows]:

When a man has a discharge from his organ, this discharge can render him unclean.
Daberu el-beney Yisra'el va'amartem alehem ish ish ki yihyeh zav mibesaro zovo tame hu.

15:3 He becomes unclean through a discharge if his organ dribbles with the discharge or if he has [some of it] stuck to his organ.

This makes him unclean [so that]
Vezot tihyeh tum'ato bezovo rar besaro et-zovo o-hechtim besaro mizovo tum'ato hi.




Commentary:

organ
  Male sex organ (Sifra; Rashi; Saadia).

dribbles
  With clear liquid (Rashi), like saliva (Saadia), baba in Spanish (Radak, Sherashim). It can have the appearance of the egg white of a sterile (Niddah 35b, Rashi ad loc.; cf. Chullin 140b) or spoiled (Arukh s.v. Zamar) egg, in contrast with semen, which has the consistency of fresh egg white. It can also be a pus-like discharge, resembling the liquid from barley dough (Niddah 35b) or soft barley batter (Yad, MeChuserey Kapparah 2:1).

In order to render the man unclean, the discharge must continue running long enough for the man to immerse and then towel himself off (Zavim 1:4, Yad, Mechuserey Kapparah 2:10). If he discharges for a shorter time than this, then in order to become unclean, he must experience a second discharge on the same or the next day (Zavim 1:1, 1:3; Yad, Mechuserey Kapparah 2:6,8). He is, however, unclean to the same degree as one who experienced a seminal emission.

stuck
  (Rashbam). This teaches that the discharge renders the man unclean no matter how little there is, even if there is not enough to run, but only to adhere to the organ (Sifra; Yad, Mechuserey Kapparah 2:9; Rambam on Zavim 1:4).

According to others, this teaches that a thick discharge renders the man unclean just like a thin one (Radak, Sherashim; cf. Saadia). Some say that if the discharge stops up the organ, it also renders the man unclean (Rashi; cf. Niddah 43b; Ibn Janach).





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