1

Since it is written [Deuteronomy 14:6]: "Any animal that has split hooves, [whose foot] is divided into two hoofs and chews the cud, [this may you eat],"1one may derive that any animal that does not chew its cud and have split hoofs is forbidden. A negative commandment that comes as a result of a positive commandment is considered as a positive commandment.2

With regard to the camel, the pig, the rabbit, and the hare, [Leviticus 11:4]3states: "These you may not eat from those which chew the cud and have split hoofs." From this, you see that they are forbidden by a negative commandment, even though they possess one sign of kashrut. Certainly, this applies to other non-kosher domesticated animals and wild beasts that do not have any signs of kashrut.4 The prohibition against eating them involves a negative commandment in addition to the positive commandment that is derived from "This may you eat."

א

מִכְּלָל שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים יד ו) "וְכָל בְּהֵמָה מַפְרֶסֶת פַּרְסָה וְשֹׁסַעַת שֶׁסַע שְׁתֵּי פְרָסוֹת מַעֲלַת גֵּרָה" שׁוֹמֵעַ אֲנִי שֶׁכָּל שֶׁאֵינָהּ מַעֲלַת גֵּרָה וּמַפְרֶסֶת פַּרְסָה אֲסוּרָה. וְלָאו הַבָּא מִכְּלַל עֲשֵׂה עֲשֵׂה הוּא. וּבְגָמָל וּבַחֲזִיר וּבְאַרְנֶבֶת וּבְשָׁפָן נֶאֱמַר (ויקרא יא ד) (דברים יד ז) "אֶת זֶה לֹא תֹאכְלוּ מִמַּעֲלֵי הַגֵּרָה וּמִמַּפְרִיסֵי הַפַּרְסָה" וְגוֹ' הֲרֵי לָמַדְתָּ שֶׁהֵן בְּלֹא תַּעֲשֶׂה וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁיֵּשׁ בָּהֶן סִימָן אֶחָד. וְכָל שֶׁכֵּן שְׁאָר בְּהֵמָה טְמֵאָה וְחַיָּה טְמֵאָה שֶׁאֵין בָּהּ סִימָן כְּלָל שֶׁאִסּוּר אֲכִילָתָם בְּלֹא תַּעֲשֶׂה יֶתֶר עַל עֲשֵׂה הַבָּא מִכְּלַל אוֹתָהּ תֹּאכְלוּ:

2

Therefore anyone who eats an olive sized portion5 of the meat of a non-kosher domesticated animal or wild beasts is liable for lashes according to Scriptural Law. This applies whether he partook of the meat or the fat. For the Torah did not distinguish between the meat and fat of non-kosher animals.6

ב

לְפִיכָךְ כָּל הָאוֹכֵל מִבְּשַׂר בְּהֵמָה וְחַיָּה טְמֵאָה כְּזַיִת לוֹקֶה מִן הַתּוֹרָה. בֵּין שֶׁאָכַל מִן הַבָּשָׂר בֵּין שֶׁאָכַל מִן הַחֵלֶב. לֹא חִלֵּק הַכָּתוּב בִּטְמֵאִים בֵּין בְּשָׂרָם לְחֶלְבָּם:

3

With regard to humans: Although [Genesis 2:7] states: "And the man became a beast with a soul," he is not included in the category of hoofed animals. Therefore, he is not included in the [above] prohibition.7 Accordingly, one who partakes of meat or fat from a man - whether alive or deceased - is not liable for lashes. It is, however, forbidden [to partake of human meat] because of the positive commandment [mentioned above].8 For the Torah [Leviticus 11:2] lists the seven species of kosher wild beasts and says: "These are the beasts of which you may partake." Implied is that any other than they may not be eaten. And a negative commandment that comes as a result of a positive commandment is considered as a positive commandment.

ג

הָאָדָם אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר בּוֹ (בראשית ב ז) "וַיְהִי הָאָדָם לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה" אֵינוֹ מִכְּלַל מִינֵי חַיָּה בַּעֲלַת פַּרְסָה לְפִיכָךְ אֵינוֹ בְּלֹא תַּעֲשֶׂה. וְהָאוֹכֵל מִבְּשַׂר הָאָדָם אוֹ מֵחֶלְבּוֹ בֵּין מִן הַחַי בֵּין מִן הַמֵּת אֵינוֹ לוֹקֶה. אֲבָל אָסוּר הוּא בַּעֲשֵׂה שֶׁהֲרֵי מָנָה הַכָּתוּב שִׁבְעַת מִינֵי חַיָּה וְאָמַר בָּהֶן (ויקרא יא ב) "זֹאת הַחַיָּה אֲשֶׁר תֹּאכְלוּ" הָא כָּל שֶׁהוּא חוּץ מֵהֶן לֹא תֹּאכְלוּ וְלָאו הַבָּא מִכְּלַל עֲשֵׂה עֲשֵׂה:

4

When one partakes of an olive-sized portion of a non-kosher fowl, he is liable for lashes according to Scriptural Law, as [Leviticus 11:13] states: "These shall you detest from the fowl. You shall not partake of them." And he violates a positive commandment, as [Deuteronomy 14:11] states: "You may partake of all kosher fowl." Implied is that the non-kosher may not be eaten.

Anyone who partakes of an olive-sized portion of a non-kosher fish is liable for lashes according to Scriptural Law, as [Leviticus 11:11] states: "They shall be detestable for you. Do not partake of their meat." And he violates a positive commandment, as [Deuteronomy 14:9] states: "All that possess fins and scales, you may eat." Implied is that those that do not possess fins and scales may not be eaten. We thus learn that anyone who partakes of a non-kosher fish, domesticated animal, wild beast, or fowl nullified a positive commandment and violated a negative commandment.9

ד

הָאוֹכֵל כְּזַיִת מִבְּשַׂר עוֹף טָמֵא לוֹקֶה מִן הַתּוֹרָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא יא יג) "וְאֶת אֵלֶּה תְּשַׁקְּצוּ מִן הָעוֹף לֹא יֵאָכְלוּ". וַהֲרֵי עָבַר עַל עֲשֵׂה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים יד יא) "כָּל צִפּוֹר טְהֹרָה תֹּאכֵלוּ" הָא טְמֵאָה לֹא תֹּאכְלוּ. וְכֵן הָאוֹכֵל כְּזַיִת מִדָּג טָמֵא לוֹקֶה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא יא יא) "וְשֶׁקֶץ יִהְיוּ לָכֶם" (ויקרא יא יא) "מִבְּשָׂרָם לֹא תֹאכֵלוּ". וְעָבַר עַל עֲשֵׂה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים יד ט) "כּל אֲשֶׁר לוֹ סְנַפִּיר וְקַשְׂקֶשֶׂת תֹּאכֵלוּ" מִכְּלַל שֶׁמִּי שֶׁאֵין לוֹ סְנַפִּיר וְקַשְׂקֶשֶׂת לֹא יֵאָכֵל. הָא לָמַדְתָּ שֶׁכָּל הָאוֹכֵל דָּג טָמֵא אוֹ בְּהֵמָה וְחַיָּה טְמֵאָה אוֹ עוֹף טָמֵא בִּטֵּל מִצְוַת עֲשֵׂה וְעָבַר עַל לֹא תַּעֲשֶׂה:

5

A non-kosher locust is included among [the category of] flying teeming animals.10 One who partakes of an olive-sized portion11 of flying teeming animals is liable for lashes according to Scriptural Law, as [Deuteronomy 14:19] states: "All flying teeming animals are non-kosher for you. They may not be eaten."12

What is meant by a flying teeming animal? For example, a fly, a mosquito, a hornet, a bee, or the like.

ה

חָגָב טָמֵא הֲרֵי הוּא בִּכְלַל שֶׁרֶץ הָעוֹף וְהָאוֹכֵל כְּזַיִת מִשֶּׁרֶץ הָעוֹף לוֹקֶה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (דברים יד יט) "כָּל שֶׁרֶץ הָעוֹף טָמֵא הוּא לָכֶם לֹא יֵאָכֵלוּ". וְאֵי זֶהוּ שֶׁרֶץ הָעוֹף כְּגוֹן זְבוּב אוֹ יַתּוּשׁ וְצִרְעָה וּדְבוֹרָה וְכַיּוֹצֵא בָּהֶן:

6

When one partakes of an olive-sized portion of a teeming animal of the land, he is liable for lashes, as [Leviticus 11:41] states: "Any teeming animal that swarms on the ground is detestable to you. It should not be eaten."13

What is meant by a teeming animal of the land? Snakes, scorpions, beetles, centipedes, and the like.

ו

הָאוֹכֵל כְּזַיִת מִשֶּׁרֶץ הָאָרֶץ לוֹקֶה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא יא מא) "וְכָל הַשֶּׁרֶץ הַשֹּׁרֵץ עַל הָאָרֶץ שֶׁקֶץ הוּא לֹא יֵאָכֵל". וְאֵי זֶהוּ שֶׁרֶץ הָאָרֶץ כְּגוֹן נְחָשִׁים וְעַקְרַבִּים וְחִפְשִׁית וְנַדָּל וְכַיּוֹצֵא בָּהֶן:

7

The eight teeming animals that are mentioned in the Torah14 are: the weasel, the mouse, the ferret, the hedgehog, the chameleon, the lizard, the snail, and the mole. A person who eats a lentil-sized portion of their meat is liable for lashes. The minimum measure that one is prohibited to partake of their meat is the same as the minimum measure that conveys ritual impurity. They all may be combined together to reach the measure of a lentil.

ז

וּשְׁמוֹנָה שְׁרָצִים הָאֲמוּרִים בַּתּוֹרָה שֶׁהֵן (ויקרא יא כט) "הַחלֶד וְהָעַכְבָּר וְהַצָּב" (ויקרא יא ל) "וְהָאֲנָקָה וְהַכֹּחַ וְהַלְּטָאָה וְהַחֹמֶט וְהַתִּנְשֶׁמֶת" הָאוֹכֵל מִבְּשָׂרָם כַּעֲדָשָׁה לוֹקֶה. שִׁעוּר אֲכִילָתָן כְּשִׁעוּר טֻמְאָתָן. וְכֻלָּם מִצְטָרְפִין זֶה עִם זֶה בְּכַעֲדָשָׁה:

8

When does the above apply? When one partakes of them after they have died.15 If, however, one cuts off a limb from a living creature from one of these species and eats it, he does not receive lashes unless he [partakes of] an olive-sized portion of meat. They all may be combined together to reach the measure of an olive.

One who eats an entire limb of a teeming animal after it dies does not receive lashes unless it contains a lentil-sized amount of meat.16

ח

בַּמֶּה דְּבָרִים אֲמוּרִים בְּשֶׁאָכַל מֵהֶן אַחַר מִיתָתָן. אֲבָל הַחוֹתֵךְ אֵיבָר מִן הַחַי מִן אֶחָד מֵהֶן וַאֲכָלוֹ אֵינוֹ לוֹקֶה עָלָיו עַד שֶׁיִּהְיֶה בּוֹ כְּזַיִת בָּשָׂר. וְכֻלָּן מִצְטָרְפִין לִכְזַיִת. אָכַל אֵיבָר שָׁלֵם מִן הַשֶּׁרֶץ אַחַר שֶׁמֵּת אֵינוֹ לוֹקֶה עַד שֶׁיִּהְיֶה בּוֹ כַּעֲדָשָׁה:

9

The blood of these eight teeming animals and their flesh can be combined to reach the minimum measure of a lentil, provided the blood is still attached to their flesh.17 Similarly, the blood of a snake18 is combined with its flesh to reach the measure of an olive and one receives lashes for it. The rationale is that its flesh is not separate from its blood, even though it does not impart ritual impurity.19 Similar concepts apply with regard to other teeming animals that do not convey ritual impurity.

ט

דַּם שְׁמוֹנָה שְׁרָצִים וּבְשָׂרָן מִצְטָרֵף לְכַעֲדָשָׁה וְהוּא שֶׁיִּהְיֶה הַדָּם מְחֻבָּר לַבָּשָׂר. וְכֵן דַּם הַנָּחָשׁ מִצְטָרֵף לִבְשָׂרוֹ לִכְזַיִת וְלוֹקֶה עָלָיו לְפִי שֶׁאֵין בְּשָׂרוֹ חָלוּק מִדָּמוֹ. וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵינוֹ מְטַמֵּא. וְכֵן כָּל כַּיּוֹצֵא בּוֹ מִשְּׁאָר שְׁרָצִים שֶׁאֵינָן מְטַמְּאִין:

10

When a person collects the blood of teeming animals that has been separated [from their bodies] and partakes of it, he receives lashes if he partakes of a portion the size of an olive.20 [This applies] provided he was warned against partaking of it because [of the prohibition against partaking of] a teeming animal. If, however, he is warned against partaking of it because [of the prohibition against partaking of] blood, he is not liable. For we are liable only for the blood of domesticated animals, wild beasts, and fowl.21

י

דַּם שְׁרָצִים שֶׁפָּרַשׁ וּכְנָסוֹ וַאֲכָלוֹ לוֹקֶה עָלָיו בִּכְזַיִת. וְהוּא שֶׁיַּתְרוּ בּוֹ מִשּׁוּם אוֹכֵל שֶׁרֶץ. אֲבָל אִם הִתְרוּ בּוֹ מִשּׁוּם אוֹכֵל דָּם פָּטוּר. שֶׁאֵין חַיָּבִין אֶלָּא עַל דַּם בְּהֵמָה חַיָּה וְעוֹף:

11

All these measures - and the distinctions between them22 - are halachot received by Moses at Sinai [and transmitted via the Oral Tradition].

יא

כָּל הַשִּׁעוּרִין וּמַחְלְקוֹתָם הֲלָכָה לְמשֶׁה מִסִּינַי:

12

One who partakes of an olive-sized portion of a aquatic teeming animal is liable for lashes according to Scriptural Law, as [Leviticus 11:43] states: "Do not make your souls detestable [by partaking] of any teeming animal that swarms... and do not become impure because of them." Included in this prohibition are teeming animals of the land, that fly, and of the water.23

What is meant by a aquatic teeming animal? Both small creatures like worms and leeches that inhabit the water24 and larger creatures that are beasts of the sea. To state a general principle: Any aquatic creature that does not have the characteristics of a fish, neither a non-kosher fish or a kosher fish, e.g., a seal, a dolphin, a frog, or the like.

יב

הָאוֹכֵל כְּזַיִת מִשֶּׁרֶץ הַמַּיִם לוֹקֶה מִן הַתּוֹרָה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא יא מג) "אַל תְּשַׁקְּצוּ אֶת נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם בְּכָל הַשֶּׁרֶץ הַשֹּׁרֵץ וְלֹא תִטַּמְּאוּ בָּהֶם". הֲרֵי כָּלַל בְּלָאו זֶה שֶׁרֶץ הָאָרֶץ וְשֶׁרֶץ הָעוֹף וְשֶׁרֶץ הַמַּיִם. אֵי זֶהוּ שֶׁרֶץ הַמַּיִם אֵלּוּ הַבְּרִיּוֹת הַקְּטַנּוֹת כְּמוֹ הַתּוֹלָעִים וְהָעֲלוּקָה שֶׁבַּמַּיִם וְהַבְּרִיּוֹת הַגְּדוֹלוֹת בְּיוֹתֵר שֶׁהֵן חַיּוֹת הַיָּם. כְּלָלוֹ שֶׁל דָּבָר כָּל שֶׁאֵינוֹ בְּצוּרַת הַדָּגִים לֹא דָּג טָמֵא וְלֹא דָּג טָהוֹר כְּגוֹן כֶּלֶב הַמַּיִם וְהַדַּלְפוֹן וְהַצְּפַרְדֵּעַ וְכַיּוֹצֵא בָּהֶן:

13

The species that come into existence in garbage heaps and the carcasses of dead animals, e.g., maggots, worms, and the like which are not brought into being from male-female [relations],25 but from filth that decays and the like are called "those which creep on the earth." A person who partakes of an olive-sized portion [of these creations] is liable for lashes,26 as [Leviticus 11:44] states: "Do not make your souls impure with any teeming animal that creeps on the earth," even thought they do not reproduce. Teeming animals that swarm on the earth, by contrast, are those that reproduce from male-female [relations].

יג

אֵלּוּ הַמִּינִין שֶׁנִּבְרָאִין בְּאַשְׁפּוֹת וּבְגוּפֵי הַנְּבֵלוֹת כְּגוֹן רִמָּה וְתוֹלַעַת וְכַיּוֹצֵא בָּהֶן שֶׁאֵינָן נִבְרָאִין מִזָּכָר וּנְקֵבָה אֶלָּא מִן הַגְּלָלִים שֶׁהִסְרִיחוּ וְכַיּוֹצֵא בָּהֶן הֵן הַנִּקְרָאִין רוֹמֵשׂ עַל הָאָרֶץ. וְהָאוֹכֵל מֵהֶן כְּזַיִת לוֹקֶה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא יא מד) "וְלֹא תְטַמְּאוּ אֶת נַפְשֹׁתֵיכֶם בְּכָל הַשֶּׁרֶץ הָרֹמֵשׂ עַל הָאָרֶץ" וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵין פָּרִין וְרָבִין. אֲבָל (ויקרא יא מא מב) "הַשֶּׁרֶץ הַשּׁוֹרֵץ עַל הָאָרֶץ" הוּא שֶׁפָּרֶה וְרָבֶה מִזָּכָר וּנְקֵבָה:

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[The following laws apply with regard to] species that come into being from fruits and other foods.27 Should they depart from [the source from where they came into being] and go to the earth,28 a person who partakes of an olive-sized portion of them is liable for lashes,29 as [Leviticus 11:42] states: "With regard to any teeming animal that swarms on the earth, [do not eat them]." This forbids those that departed to the earth, even though they returned to the food. If, however, they did not depart, it is permitted to eat the fruit together with the worm in it.

יד

אֵלּוּ הַמִּינִין הַנִּבְרָאִין בְּפֵרוֹת וּבְמַאֲכָלוֹת אִם פָּרְשׁוּ וְיָצְאוּ לָאָרֶץ אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁחָזְרוּ לְתוֹךְ הָאֹכֶל מִי שֶׁאָכַל מֵהֶן כְּזַיִת לוֹקֶה שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא יא מב) "לְכָל הַשֶּׁרֶץ הַשֹּׁרֵץ עַל הָאָרֶץ" לֶאֱסֹר אֵלּוּ שֶׁפָּרְשׁוּ לָאָרֶץ. אֲבָל אִם לֹא פָּרְשׁוּ מֻתָּר לֶאֱכל הַפְּרִי וְהַתּוֹלַעַת שֶׁבְּתוֹכוֹ:

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When does the above apply? When the food became worm-ridden after it was uprooted from the earth.30 If, however, it became worm-ridden while it was connected [to its source of nurture], that worm is forbidden as if it became departed to the earth. For it was created on the earth. One is liable for lashes [for partaking of it]. If there is a doubt, it is forbidden.

Therefore all fruits that commonly become worm-ridden31 when connected [to their source of nurture] should not be eaten until one checks the fruit from its inside,32 for perhaps it contains a worm. If the fruit remains twelve months after being severed [from its source], it may be eaten without being inspected. For a worm inside of it will not endure for twelve months.33

טו

בַּמֶּה דְּבָרִים אֲמוּרִים שֶׁהִתְלִיעַ הָאֹכֶל אַחַר שֶׁנֶּעֱקַר מִן הָאָרֶץ. אֲבָל אִם הִתְלִיעַ וְהוּא מְחֻבָּר. אוֹתָהּ הַתּוֹלַעַת אֲסוּרָה כְּאִלּוּ פֵּרְשָׁה לָאָרֶץ שֶׁעַל הָאָרֶץ נִבְרֵאת וְלוֹקִין עָלֶיהָ. וְאִם סָפֵק אֲסוּרָה. לְפִיכָךְ כָּל מִינֵי פֵּרוֹת שֶׁדַּרְכָּן לְהַתְלִיעַ כְּשֶׁהֵן מְחֻבָּרִין לֹא יֹאכַל עַד שֶׁיִּבְדֹּק הַפְּרִי מִתּוֹכוֹ שֶׁמָּא יֵשׁ בּוֹ תּוֹלַעַת. וְאִם שָׁהָה הַפְּרִי אַחַר שֶׁנֶּעֱקַר שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר חֹדֶשׁ אוֹכֵל בְּלֹא בְּדִיקָה שֶׁאֵין תּוֹלַעַת שֶׁבּוֹ מִתְקַיֶּמֶת שְׁנֵים עָשָׂר חֹדֶשׁ:

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If [the worm] departed to the atmosphere, but did not reach the earth, or only a portion of it reached the earth, it departed after it died, the worm was found on the seed on the inside, or it departed from one food to another, [in] all these [situations, the worm] is forbidden because of the doubt, but lashes are not administered [if one partakes of it].

טז

פָּרְשׁוּ לָאֲוִיר וְלֹא נָגְעוּ לָאָרֶץ. אוֹ שֶׁפָּרְשׁוּ מִקְצָתָן לָאָרֶץ. אוֹ שֶׁפָּרְשׁוּ אַחַר שֶׁמֵּתוּ. אוֹ שֶׁנִּמְצֵאת תּוֹלַעַת עַל הַגַּרְעִינָה מִבִּפְנִים. אוֹ שֶׁיָּצְאוּ מִתּוֹךְ הָאֹכֶל לְתוֹךְ אֹכֶל אַחֵר. כָּל אֵלּוּ אֲסוּרִין מִסָּפֵק וְאֵין לוֹקִין עֲלֵיהֶן:

17

A worm found in the stomach of a fish, in the brain within the head of an animal, and one found in meat are forbidden. When, however, salted fish becomes worm-ridden, the worms in it are permitted.34 This is comparable to fruit which has become worm-ridden after it has been separated from the earth. It is permitted to eat them together with the worm that is in them.

Similarly, if water35 in a utensil produces teeming animals, those teeming animals are permitted to be drunken together with the water, as [can be inferred from Leviticus 11:9]: "All that possess fins and scales in the water, seas, and rivers, they you may eat." Implied is that you may eat those that possess [fins and scales] in the water, seas, and rivers and those that do not possess them, you may not eat. But those creatures [that come into existences] in utensils are permitted whether they possess [fins and scales] or not.

יז

תּוֹלַעַת הַנִּמְצֵאת בִּמְעֵי הַדָּגִים וּבַמֹּחַ שֶׁבְּרֹאשׁ הַבְּהֵמָה וְהַנִּמְצֵאת בַּבָּשָׂר אֲסוּרָה. אֲבָל דָּג מָלִיחַ שֶׁהִתְלִיעַ הֲרֵי הַתּוֹלַעַת שֶׁבּוֹ מֻתֶּרֶת. שֶׁהֵן כְּפֵרוֹת שֶׁהִתְלִיעוּ אַחַר שֶׁנֶּעֶקְרוּ מִן הָאָרֶץ שֶׁמֻּתָּר לְאָכְלָן כֻּלָּן כְּאַחַת בַּתּוֹלַעַת שֶׁבְּתוֹכָן. וְכֵן הַמַּיִם שֶׁבַּכֵּלִים שֶׁהִשְׁרִיצוּ הֲרֵי אוֹתָן שְׁרָצִים מֻתָּר לִשְׁתּוֹתָן עִם הַמַּיִם שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר (ויקרא יא ט) "וְכָל אֲשֶׁר לוֹ סְנַפִּיר וְקַשְׂקֶשֶׂת בַּמַּיִם בַּיַּמִּים וּבַנְּחָלִים אֹתָם תֹּאכֵלוּ". כְּלוֹמַר בַּמַּיִם וּבַיַּמִּים וּבַנְּחָלִים הוּא שֶׁאַתָּה אוֹכֵל אֶת שֶׁיֵּשׁ לוֹ וְאֵין אַתָּה אוֹכֵל אֶת שֶׁאֵין לוֹ. אֲבָל בְּכֵלִים בֵּין שֶׁיֵּשׁ לוֹ בֵּין שֶׁאֵין לוֹ מֻתָּר:

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[Since the water found] in cisterns, trenches and caves is not flowing water, but instead is collected there,36 it is comparable to water found in containers. [Hence], aquatic teeming animals that are created [in these places] are permitted. A person may bend down and drink37 without holding back even though he swallows these flimsy teeming animals when drinking.38

יח

שֶׁרֶץ הַמַּיִם הַנִּבְרָא בְּבוֹרוֹת וּבְשִׁיחִין וּבִמְעָרוֹת הוֹאִיל וְאֵינָן מַיִם נוֹבְעִין וַהֲרֵי הֵן עֲצוּרִים הֲרֵי הֵן כְּמַיִם שֶׁבְּכֵלִים וּמֻתָּר. וְשׁוֹחֶה וְשׁוֹתֶה וְאֵינוֹ נִמְנָע וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁבּוֹלֵעַ בִּשְׁעַת שְׁתִיָּה מֵאוֹתָן הַשְּׁרָצִים הַדַּקִּים:

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When does the above apply? When the teeming animals did not depart from the place where they came into being. If they did, even though they later return to the container or the cistern, they are forbidden. If they went out to the walls of the barrel and then fell back into the water or the beer, they are permitted.39 Similarly, if they went out to the walls of the cistern and the cave and returned to the water, they are permitted.

יט

בַּמֶּה דְּבָרִים אֲמוּרִים שֶׁלֹּא פָּרְשׁוּ מִמְּקוֹם בְּרִיָּתָן. אֲבָל אִם פֵּרַשׁ הַשֶּׁרֶץ אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁחָזַר לְתוֹךְ הַכְּלִי אוֹ לְתוֹךְ הַבּוֹר אָסוּר. פָּרַשׁ לְדָפְנֵי הֶחָבִית וְחָזַר וְנָפַל לְתוֹךְ הַמַּיִם אוֹ לְתוֹךְ הַשֵּׁכָר מֻתָּר. וְכֵן אִם פָּרַשׁ לְדָפְנֵי הַבּוֹר אוֹ הַמְּעָרָה וְחָזַר לַמַּיִם מֻתָּר:

20

When a person strains wine, vinegar, or beer and eats the insects, bugs, and worms that he strains, he is liable for lashes for partaking of an aquatic teeming animal or [for partaking of] a flying teeming animal and an aquatic teeming animal.40 [This applies] even if they returned to the container after they were strained, for they departed from the place where they came into existence. If, however, they did not depart, one may drink without holding back, as we explained.41

כ

הַמְסַנֵּן אֶת הַיַּיִן אוֹ אֶת הַחֹמֶץ אוֹ אֶת הַשֵּׁכָר וְאָכַל אֶת הַיַּבְחוּשִׁים אוֹ אֶת הַיַּתּוּשִׁין וְהַתּוֹלָעוֹת שֶׁסִּנֵּן לוֹקֶה מִשּׁוּם שֶׁרֶץ הַמַּיִם אוֹ מִשּׁוּם שֶׁרֶץ הָעוֹף (וְשֶׁרֶץ הַמַּיִם) אֲפִלּוּ חָזַר לַכְּלִי אַחַר שֶׁסִּנְּנָן שֶׁהֲרֵי פָּרְשׁוּ מִמְּקוֹם בְּרִיָּתָן. אֲבָל אִם לֹא סִנְּנָן שׁוֹתֶה וְאֵינוֹ נִמְנָע כְּמוֹ שֶׁפֵּרַשְׁנוּ:

21

When, in this chapter, we have spoken about partaking of an olive-sized portion, [the intent is that] one ate an olive-sized portion of a large creature or one collected some from one species and some from another similar species42 until one partakes of an olive sized portion. If, however, one eats an entire forbidden creature by itself, one is liable for lashes according to Scriptural Law even if it is smaller than a mustard seed.43

[This applies] whether one partook of it after it died or while it was alive. Even if the creature decayed and lost its form,44 one is liable for lashes since one consumed it in its entirety.

כא

זֶה שֶׁאָמַרְנוּ בְּפֶרֶק זֶה הָאוֹכֵל כְּזַיִת. כְּשֶׁאָכַל כְּזַיִת מִבְּרִיָּה גְּדוֹלָה אוֹ שֶׁצֵּרֵף מְעַט מִבְּרִיָּה זוֹ וּמְעַט מִבְּרִיָּה זוֹ שֶׁבְּמִינָהּ עַד שֶׁיֹּאכַל כְּזַיִת. אֲבָל הָאוֹכֵל בְּרִיָּה טְמֵאָה בִּפְנֵי עַצְמָהּ כֻּלָּהּ הֲרֵי זֶה לוֹקֶה מִן הַתּוֹרָה. וַאֲפִלּוּ הָיְתָה פְּחוּתָה מִן הַחַרְדָּל. בֵּין שֶׁאֲכָלָהּ מֵתָה בֵּין שֶׁאֲכָלָהּ חַיָּה. וַאֲפִלּוּ סָרְחָה הַבְּרִיָּה וְנִשְׁתַּנֵּית צוּרָתָהּ הוֹאִיל וַאֲכָלָהּ כֻּלָּהּ לוֹקֶה:

22

When an ant has lost even one of its legs,45 one is not liable for lashes for partaking of it unless one eats an olive-sized portion. For this reason,46 one who eats an entire fly or an entire mosquito whether alive or dead is worthy of lashes for partaking of a flying teeming animal.

כב

נְמָלָה שֶׁחֲסֵרָה אֲפִלּוּ אַחַת מֵרַגְלֶיהָ אֵינוֹ לוֹקֶה עָלֶיהָ אֶלָּא בִּכְזַיִת. לְפִיכָךְ הָאוֹכֵל זְבוּב שָׁלֵם אוֹ יַתּוּשׁ שָׁלֵם בֵּין חַי וּבֵין מֵת לוֹקֶה מִשּׁוּם שֶׁרֶץ הָעוֹף:

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[The following laws apply if] a particular creature is [included in the categories of] a flying teeming animal, an aquatic teeming animal, and a teeming animal of the earth, e.g., it has wings, it walks on the earth like other [earthbound] teeming animals, and it reproduces in the water. If one partakes of it, he is liable for three [sets of] lashes.47

If, in addition to the above, it is one of the species which are brought into being in the earth in fruit, he is liable for a fourth [set of] lashes. If it is one of the species that reproduce,48 he is liable for a fifth [set of] lashes. If it also can be considered as a non-kosher fowl in addition to being considered a flying teeming animal,49 he is liable for six [sets of] lashes: [for partaking of] a non-kosher fowl, a flying teeming animal, a teeming animal of the earth, an aquatic teeming animal, an animal that swarms on the earth, and a worm from fruit.

[This applies whether] he partook of the entire creature or he partook of an olive-sized portion of it. Therefore one who eats an ant that flies that breeds in the water is liable for five [sets of] lashes.

כג

הֲרֵי שֶׁהָיְתָה הַבְּרִיָּה מִשֶּׁרֶץ הָעוֹף וּמִשֶּׁרֶץ הַמַּיִם וּמִשֶּׁרֶץ הָאָרֶץ כְּגוֹן שֶׁהָיוּ לָהּ כְּנָפַיִם וְהִיא מְהַלֶּכֶת עַל הָאָרֶץ כִּשְׁאָר שְׁרָצִים וְהָיְתָה רָבָה בַּמַּיִם וַאֲכָלָהּ לוֹקֶה שָׁלֹשׁ מַלְקִיּוֹת. וְאִם הָיְתָה יֶתֶר עַל זֶה מִן הַמִּינִין שֶׁנִּבְרְאוּ בְּפֵרוֹת לוֹקֶה עָלֶיהָ אַרְבַּע מַלְקִיּוֹת. וְאִם הָיְתָה מִן הַמִּינִין שֶׁפָּרִין וְרָבִין לוֹקֶה חָמֵשׁ. וְאִם הָיְתָה מִכְּלַל עוֹף טָמֵא יֶתֶר עַל הֱיוֹתָהּ מִשֶּׁרֶץ הָעוֹף לוֹקֶה עָלֶיהָ שֵׁשׁ מַלְקִיּוֹת. מִשּׁוּם עוֹף טָמֵא. וּמִשּׁוּם שֶׁרֶץ הָעוֹף. וּמִשּׁוּם שֶׁרֶץ הָאָרֶץ. וּמִשּׁוּם שֶׁרֶץ הַמַּיִם. וּמִשּׁוּם רוֹמֵשׂ עַל הָאָרֶץ. וּמִשּׁוּם תּוֹלַעַת הַפֵּרוֹת. בֵּין שֶׁאֲכָלָהּ כֻּלָּהּ בֵּין שֶׁאָכַל מִמֶּנָּה כְּזַיִת. לְפִיכָךְ הָאוֹכֵל נְמָלָה הַפּוֹרַחַת הַגְּדֵלָה בַּמַּיִם לוֹקֶה חָמֵשׁ מַלְקִיּוֹת:

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When one crushed ants, added another complete ant to those that were crushed so that the entire quantity was equal to an olive-sized portion, and partook of it, he is liable for six [sets of] lashes: five [for partaking of] the one ant50 and an additional one, because he partook of an olive-sized portion of dead non-kosher animals.51

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רִסֵּק נְמָלִים וְהֵבִיא אַחַת שְׁלֵמָה וְצֵרְפָהּ לְאֵלּוּ שֶׁנִּתְרַסְּקוּ וְנַעֲשָׂה הַכּל כְּזַיִת וַאֲכָלוֹ לוֹקֶה שֵׁשׁ מַלְקִיּוֹת. חָמֵשׁ מִשּׁוּם הַנְּמָלָה הָאַחַת וְאַחַת מִשּׁוּם כְּזַיִת מִנִּבְלַת הַטְּמֵאִים: