This article is about the Mishnaic tractate. For the use of the term in Kabbalah, see Ohr.
A group of Kohanim studying the Mishnayot laws of Keilim in anticipation of the rebuilding of the Beit Hamikdash

Keilim or Kelim (Hebrew: כֵּלִים, literally "Vessels") is the first tractate in the Order of Tohorot in the Mishnah. It contains thirty chapters, making it the longest tractate in the entire Mishnah. The Tosefta on Keilim consists of twenty-five chapters,[1] divided into Bava Kama ("First Gate"), Bava Metzia ("Middle Gate"), and Bava Batra ("Final Gate") of Keilim. The tractate discusses the laws of ritual purity and impurity pertaining to all types of vessels.

There is no Gemara for Keilim in either the Babylonian or Jerusalem Talmud.

ArtScroll Mishnah Series has recently published a landmark 2 volume series explaining all of Mishnayot Keilim in English with many full color illustrations.


  1.  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain: Singer, Isidore; et al., eds. (1901–1906). "KELIM". Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company. Retrieved May 20, 2015.
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