Is there an issue with ladies going to the zoo when they are pregnant? If yes then why is it a problem?

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    It would be helpful if you briefly explained why you think it might be or why you think it might not be.
    – Seth J
    Jul 24, 2012 at 21:39

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There is no issue with them going to a zoo, the problem is they should not be staring at the animals. I asked this question to HaRav Betzalel Rudinsky years ago and he showed me from Rishonim issues to this effect. I do not remember the sources, other than that the Raavad was among them.

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    The Kav Hayashar brings it down and minhag Chabad is not even to have not kosher animals visable Dec 24, 2010 at 5:10
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    What did Chabad do 100+ years ago when horses were a daily necessity? Dec 24, 2010 at 5:47
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    In those days pregnancy was known as a period of "confinement". Women who were with child stayed home for months and gave birth at home as well.
    – Yahu
    Dec 24, 2010 at 6:02
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    Besides which, אין דנין אפשר משאי אפשר - you can't prove cases where alternatives are possible from ones where there aren't any. If a pregnant woman had to travel back then, then she had to, and that's that. (Also, I'm not sure how old this Chabad custom is anyway. I know that the Rebbe zt"l stressed, back in the mid-5740s, the importance of children not playing with toys or the like that feature non-kosher animals, but I don't know whether this was a restatement of an older custom that had fallen into disuse, or whether it was a new issue.)
    – Alex
    Dec 26, 2010 at 4:48
  • Rav Rudinsky is not typically known for restrictions that are "kabbalistic" in nature, and not mandated by halacha and/or minhag. He may have shown you which Rishonim warn against it, but did he issue a psak halacha that a specific pregnant should not go to a zoo? What about going to a neighbor's house, who might have a dog? What about going in her own backyard in Monsey, where hedgehogs are known to run around?
    – user1095
    Feb 5, 2012 at 19:41

The mekor is based off the Sefer Habris which explains it is not good for a pregnant woman to see strange things and then get scared which is bad for the baby. See here for answer #399 .


I see two mekoros; the sefer habris and the kav hayashar. I have been unsuccessful in finding any mekor in sifrei halacha and minhag (bar ilan didn't offer anything, but i'm not the greatest at searching...). I don't have access to these two great sefarim, but then again i understand that these sefarim say many things that we don't necessarily follow. I heard about this minhag from my mother and mother in law, and I would like to know if this minhag is the product of folklore so to speak, or it is actually endorsed by rabbanim.

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    You say that this is discussed in those two sefarim, but you don’t say what they say on the topic. Could you edit that in?
    – DonielF
    Aug 14, 2017 at 13:27

Perhaps it is because of the snake who wanted to be intimate with Chava. The snake represents the animal kingdom... And because of the first sin of eating the fruit committed by Chava, she recieved the punishment of painful childbirth.

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    Apr 27, 2016 at 19:45
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