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I have read that the although the halakha requires koah gever (human strength/exertion) for pouring water over hands for n'ttilath yadhayim but it says explicitly in the Mishna that a qof (monkey) may also validly perform this function (m.Yadhayim 1:5).

Also, I have read that there was a creature called Adhne HaSadhe and that Rabi Yose expressed the view that this creature caused Tumath Ohel just like a human when dead (m.Kilayim 8:5). The Tiphereth Yisra'el on this Mishna states that the Adhne HaSadhe are gorillas.

My question is: "Are we meant to understand by the halakha that primates are considered 'human enough'? Are there other areas where they are considered partially human not mentioned above?"

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its important to note that this is a minority opinion in the mishna in Kilayim i.e. the halacha would not be in accordance with Rabbi Yose. –  bondonk Dec 10 '13 at 1:48
    
@bondonk, Understood and point taken. However, when the first halakha does exist and is brought in the codes (i.e. Rambam/Shulhan Arukh), the second Mishna can be understood in a broader to be referring to a possible underlying concept even if it is not the halakha p'suqa. Thanks again and kol tuv. –  Maimonist Dec 10 '13 at 1:51
    
I'm not convinced that a gorilla would count as a "qof". according to the Tiferet Yisrael -- maybe "qof" only refers to primates that are less human-like than gorillas. –  Malper Dec 10 '13 at 2:56
    
Note that some sources (such as the Yerushalmi) think that adnei hassadeh is a reference to people who live in the wild. –  Shimon bM Dec 10 '13 at 2:58
    
i think there is a midrash somewhere that some of the humans in the tower of bavel incident were turned into monkeys –  ray Dec 11 '13 at 20:53
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