Other rules for contact with unclean things (Lev 11:32-11:40)

“Anything which any dead animal falls on shall be unclean, whether an article of wood, cloth, skin or sacking, any article that is used for any purpose.  It shall be dipped into water.  It shall be unclean until the evening.  Then it shall be clean.  If any of them falls into any earthen vessel, all that is in it shall be unclean.  You shall break the vessel.   Any food that could be eaten shall be unclean if water from any such vessel comes upon it.  Any liquid that could be drunk shall be unclean if it was in any such vessel.  Everything on which any part of the carcass falls shall be unclean.  Whether an oven or stove, it shall be broken in pieces.  They are unclean and shall remain unclean for you.  But a spring or a cistern holding water shall be clean.  While whatever touches the carcass in it shall be unclean.   If any part of their carcass falls upon any seed set aside for sowing, it is clean.  But if water is put on the seed and any part of their carcass falls on it, it is unclean to you.  If an animal of which you may eat dies, anyone who touches its carcass shall be unclean until the evening.  Those who eat of its carcass shall wash their clothes and be unclean until the evening.  Those who carry the carcass shall wash their clothes and be unclean until the evening.”

If any dead animals touch anything, whether it is wood, cloth, or skin that is also unclean until the evening.  It has to be dipped in water.  If any unclean thing falls into a vessel, you have to break the vessel.  Any food or drink from that vessel is also unclean.  On the other hand, water in a stream or cistern is clean as are seeds.  However, anything in the water or a wet seed is unclean.  Even the clean animals become unclean when they die.  So that if you touch a dead clean animal you become unclean until you wash your clothes and evening comes.  You have to destroy your earthen vessels and break your stove if the unclean touches it.  This seems harsh compared to the unclean until evening.