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While this is not direct proof that taxidermy is OK, the upcoming Jewish Museum of Natural history, to be built in Bet Shemesh, plans to use taxidermy mountings. See This article.


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First stop to research this is Sanhedrin 95a where we apparently find Dovid Hamelech hunting. The Margolios Hayam there note 15 brings all the classical sources against this decidedly unjewish act. He started off the piece by explaining that Dovid's act of catching food is not hunting, hunting is an act of entertainment. Halachicaly, if one can aim right ...


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It would seem from Chulin 7b that killing an animal for no derived benifit is definitely 'bal tashchis'. And there was even a purpose, to kill the dangerous donkey. And yet, it was called 'bal tashchis'.


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This would seem to be comparable to hunting, minus the sport and danger aspect of it. Namely, killing an animal for reasons other than food or self-preservation. The Nodeh B'yehuda discusses hunting in Mahadura Tinyana Yoreh Deah Siman 10. He writes that there is no prohibition of tza'ar baalei chaim when you are not leaving the animal alive to suffer. He ...


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I would suggest that while there may have been no difference between Avraham's animals and R' Pinchas ben Yair's animals, it's still true that one should endeavor, as much as possible, to prevent one's animals from doing wrong (whether eating other's stuff, or eating Tevel). Therefore, even though he may not have had to, Avraham still put in effort to make ...


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There should be no difference between P.b.Y.'s donkey & Avraham Avinu's camels, even when in Eliezer's possession - as the gemara says in Gittin 7a, HaShem keeps the beheimos of tzadikim from sinning through eating forbidden food.


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The book 'Thinking aloud' records that Rav Soloveitchik was asked if a cloned human would have the halachic status of a human. He answered no. We can diffrentiate between humans and animals though, if we assume cloning has the same halacha as being made with the seffer yeyzira. There is a famous tshuva from the Chacham Tzvi, mentioned in the Mishnah Berurah, ...


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It is not clear what R' Moshe held, as he is quoted elsewhere (Tiltulei Shabbo, p 119) as taking a stricter approach. For other opinions see here: http://doseofhalacha.blogspot.co.uk/2014/07/pets-on-shabbos.html R’ Moshe Feinstein (Igros Moshe 5:22:21) writes that small birds that are usually played with are not muktza, though elsewhere (Tiltulei ...


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I heard Rabbi Frand give this Derasha in person, but I found it online, so here it is: If a person had any doubts about whether what he was doing was right or wrong, and his car suddenly stopped and told him "Don't Go" (and not just one of those recorded voices saying "Your seatbelt isn't buckled...") -- would that not cause the person to at least stop ...


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According to this article from Bar Ilan, although I know the idea is brought down in a commentary of Ralba"g as well, everything from B'midbar 22:20 (through :35?) was a dream. No need to be shocked at talking animals in dreams.


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It's pretty hard to ask any questions from the first two chapters of Genesis, considering both the esoteric nature of both the topic and the fact that the world seems to have rather different back then in a way that may be inherently incomprehensible for us now that we've been evicted from Eden. That being said, there are several approaches to this ...


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In otzros hatorah page 263 on "vayiftach hashem es pi haton" rabenu bechayeh is quoted asking that Bilam should have been amazed but he was not. He should have marveled at this wonder. However because of his cruelty and evil nature and desire to go curse the Jews, he answered the donkey's question. It continues that from here you can understand why people ...


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The Lubavitcher Rebbe discusses this at length according to Rashi and the plain meaning of the verses (there are others who say that the very ability to speak was something just special for that occasion). He brings up a two possibilities: It is obvious. Everyone sees snakes don't talk, so there is no need to specify that this was included. (He rejects ...



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