In the Mishnah, Seder Teharot, Mesechet Calim, in 8:3, talking about an oven, it states:

ואין לה גפים,

It doesn't have גפים, which K'hati explains to mean

היינו אזניים

These are ears.

And we know it has a mouth, otherwise how would it talk to the water in the next mishna?

...הרי זה אומר: מטמאיך

The oven is talking to the water, saying that the water made it tamay. So obviously it has a mouth.

And, in the beginning of mishna ז, it says:

...השרץ שנמצא בעין של תנור

This translates to

The Sheretz that is found in the eye of the oven... (My own translation)

So we know it has no ears, yes mouth, and yes one eye. Does it have another eye and a nose?

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The oven was Egypt, by which the eyes, nose, and mouth appear.

We read in Torah the following -

Devarim 4:19-20 (Chabad)
19 And lest you lift up your eyes to heaven, and see the sun, and the moon, and the stars, all the host of heaven, which the Lord your God assigned to all peoples under the entire heaven, and be drawn away to prostrate yourselves before them and worship them. 20 But the Lord took you and brought you out of the iron crucible, out of Egypt, to be a people of His possession, as of this day.

Jeremiah the prophet amplifies this passage from Torah as follows -

Yirmiyahu 11:3-4 (Chabad)
3 And you shall say to them, so said the Lord God of Israel; Cursed be the man who will not hearken to the words of this covenant, 4 Which I commanded your forefathers on the day I took them out of the land of Egypt, out of the iron furnace, saying: Hearken to My voice and do them, according to all that I will command you, and you shall be to Me for a people, and I will be to you for a God.

In this sense, the revelation and understanding of Torah came through the oven of Egypt, which communicates with ears, eyes, and nose (fire is seen and smelled). Rashi indicates in his comment of Devarim 4:20 that the "כּוּר" is a vessel or crucible in which the Gold is refined.

Thus understanding of Torah comes through the oven of Egypt, which communicates through the eyes, nose, and mouth.


Point of order - We often talk about Pi hatanur, so we have direct reference to an oven having a mouth.

Additionally, the mishnah says it doesn't have ears plural, mashmah that it has a single ear rather than two.

We know that Hashem at times will react with "Charon Af" (Dvarim 11:17), which translates to "fiery nose." Now, the nose of a dragon may contain fire, but Hashem doesn't look like a dragon! Since we are created in his image, Hashem's image must be that of a man. So how can he have a fiery nose?

It must be that his nose is an oven!

But then how are we created in his image?

Hashem is really being nidmeh to a robot with a furnace for a head, which looks like an android i.e.: human in appearance! (See the first Thor movie for a rough illustration.) enter image description here

So why was man not created in this manner? He wishes for us to acheive this level of self perfection independently - "Ma'asei yadie lehit-Fire" - "It is for my handiwork to make themselves a flaming visage."

Since Hashem has human form, He has eyes, ears, nose, and mouth.

We already know that an oven has a nose, a mouth, and one ear, so we can use the din of holchin achar harov to tell us that it must have eyes as well!


Also, I may have inadvertently answered my own question, Mr. Roboto...

  • But the oven does NOT have ears... (See above.)
    – Mithical
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 14:40
  • @Aeelnpprsu fixed that in my proof. it doesn't have TWO ears, but that means it must have ONE. Otherwise it would have said "doesn't even have an ear." Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 14:57
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    There's a fine line between silly and blasphemy. Calling Hashem a robot is possibly worse than assuming his creation of us in his image means he has some type of form. Even if this is all in jest. Imho.
    – user6591
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 15:09
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    @isaacKotlicky bordering on blasphemy is not something you want to play with in Purim Torah even if supported by peripheral rishonim..that's close to gilui panim .. Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 16:06
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    @IsaacKotlicky honestly, had you just joked about corporeality I'm not sure i would have piped up, whether or not i should is a different issue. There was just something about calling Him a robot and the furnace head thing etc that just seemed past the point of funny.
    – user6591
    Commented Feb 25, 2015 at 16:10

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