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The Mishna in Menachot 4:1 states: תפלה של יד אינה מעכבת של ראש ושל ראש אינה מעכבת של יד The hand Tefillah does not prevent the head Tefillah, nor does the head Tefillah prevent the hand Tefillah. So you definitely still wear the head Tefillah no matter what happens to your arms. The Mishna Berura writes (OC 27 sk 1) that if one put tefillin on ...


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They are indeed disqualifications for serving in the Beis Hamikdash (Rambam, Hil. Bias Mikdash 8:1,11). This doesn't apply to birkas kohanim, though; there, a kohen is disqualified only by blemishes that are visible and will distract the congregation. (And even then, not if everyone in town is already familiar with him and his physical defects, or in places ...


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R' Paysach Krohn wrote an English-language book on halachos for lefties. It's available free by mail if you call his home; he lives in Queens, New York, and is listed. (Obviously, you might want to pay him for it, and the postage.) The book is arranged in sections, one of which is a list of things lefties do the same as righties, and another of which is ...


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The Gemora in Pesachim (108a) gives two reasons why one should lean specifically to the left: Since he needs to eat with his right hand, leaning in that direction would interfere with his eating. It is considered dangerous to lean to the right because it might cause him to choke.


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The Talmud says (Pesachim 108a) that leaning on one's right is not considered Heseba (leaning). Rashbam explains this is because you have to eat with your right hand. (For lefties this would be the opposite. -- Me'iri) It seems this is because you lie on your side on your left, leaving your right hand available for eating with, unlike your left hand which is ...


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R' Paysach Krohn wrote an English-language book on halachos for lefties. It's available free by mail if you call his home; he lives in Queens, New York, and is listed. (Obviously, you might want to pay him for it, and the postage.) It's also online. (Thanks to Dr. Melech Tanen for linking to it.) The book is arranged in sections, one of which is a list of ...


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This chart is pretty interesting.


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According to Bechoros 43a-b, (in agreement with Alex) Leviticus 21:21 says "any man of the seed of Aron the Priest that hath a blemish shall not draw near..." We learn from this passuk that there are two types of blemishes which make a Kohen unfit for service in the Beis Hamikdash: any physical blemish that would render a Bechor unfit, and anything which ...


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I would note that Ehud ben Gera the Shofet (Shoftim 3:15) was a lefty and this allowed him to save Am Yisrael by killing King Eglon of Moab. There is an idea that the right hand is superior to the left in various ways because of the references to G-d's 'right hand' in the Torah, but as far as I know in Halachah the approach is 'What should a lefty do?' ...


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I remember having a friend who his father forced him to write with his right hand. It caused him to stutter, and his father regretted it.


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According to the Deberziner Zatzal in Shaalos UTshuvos Beer Moshe - Kuntururs Itur Yad - from the right side like all others.


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Here it quotes in the name of Kuntres Ish Itair 51, that it is dependent upon anatomy, which means a left handed person uses the right hand. He is talking about "Ashamnu" which only some Nusachos ever say with Tefillin on, so it isn't explicit that Tefillin doesn't change the consideration. Here it specifically addresses Slach Lanu (#27) and says that the ...


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the right bronchus is more vertical than the left bronchus, so it is easier for food to accidentally go into the right lung and cause choking. That is the anatomical reason behind why leaning left helps you choke less.


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I think the standard when putting t'filin on another person is to put it on a right-handed person's left arm and a left-handed person's right arm irrespective of the handedness of the one putting it on him. Since the order of tying shoes is derived from the arm on which one puts t'filin, I propose that it depends on the handedness of the one wearing the ...


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Like everything else that is done for Kabbalistic reasons, a lefty does the same as a righty. See: http://doseofhalacha.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/left-handed.html Which hand a left-handed person should use, depends on which reason a right-handed person is supposed to use their right hand: either because their right hand is more prominent, or because ...



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