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According to Shulchan Aruch even Hoezer (very end of Siman 5), "anything that is for Refuah (healing) or for a purpose does not carry the prohibition of Tzar Ba'alei Chaim, therefore is would be permissible to pluck feathers from a living duck (I guess to use for a quill - mz) but the Minhag (custom) is to refrain from this because it is Achzoriyos ...


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The essay here http://www.yutorah.org/lectures/lecture.cfm/729747/Rabbi_Ally_Ehrman/%D7%9E%D7%A6%D7%95%D7%AA_%D7%90%D7%94%D7%91%D7%AA_%D7%92%D7%A8%D7%99%D7%9D cites a discussion of this very question in the sefer ואהבת לרעך page 245, but there doesn't seem to be a simple answer in that sefer. R. Ehrman proposes his own answer that the difference has to do ...


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Omer is the time when we so-to-speak recreate ourselves in accordance with the Divine Will, so the creative process is a good represenation of what is spiritually happening during the time between Pesach and Shavuos. The middos represent, in one sense, the stages of realization of that creative process. It starts with the highest forms (here, chessed) and ...



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