Chapter 9, Mishna 3, 4
A slave can’t take a vow that interferes with rights of his owner. If slave makes nazirus vow that he can’t fulfill and then runs away, does he have to fulfill vow? He’s free, but not legally free. One who renounces ownership of slave has emancipated him, but slave requires written bill of manumission before he can marry a Jew. Nazir shaved for conclusion of nazirus, and then it became known to him that while he was a nazir he became ritually impure from a corpse. Does he have to redo whole nazirus? Known impurity: if other people were aware of impurity when he became impure, all his days of nazirus are negated and he has to start again. Impurity of the deep: if it’s ritual impurity imparted by grave in the depths that was unknown to anyone at the time, this does not negate his nazirus. A murder victim can’t be tumah of the deep because the killer knew about it. In the case of one who finds a corpse lying across the width of a road, regarding terumah the passerby is impure but regarding nazirus it’s considered tumah of the deep and person retains presumptive status of purity.
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Opening song: rainforest sounds