Maran HaShulḥan 'Arukh, citing the Talmud Bavli (Niddah 13B), states that a man must avoid holding his member when urinating (Oraḥ Ḥayim 3:14). That is, holding me'atarah u'lema'alah is forbidden while holding me'atarah u'lemattah is permitted (using the Gemara's terms).

MishnaBeruraYomi.org (2:17-2:57) and MishnaBerura.com (18:30-19:25) both explain me'atarah u'lema'alah (the forbidden area) to be the shaft until where it connects to the glans ('atarah). RaSh"I explains the Gemara accordingly (s.v. מעטרה ולמעלה).

Considering that the glans ('atarah) contains the highest concentration of nerve endings in the male body, how does this make sense? Would it not make more sense to permit holding a place with fewer nerve endings and to avoid holding a place with more nerve endings (to avoid stimulation)?

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    Perhaps it's not a din in sensitivity rather a din in how much area you could be holding. – andrewmh20 Mar 31 '16 at 19:42
  • Let us continue this discussion in chat. – andrewmh20 Apr 1 '16 at 6:45
  • The Kitzur Shulchan Aruch states that one is permitted to hold his organ of circumcision while urinating if he has "bread in the basket" according to the Artscroll translation. – HaLailah HaZeh Feb 27 '17 at 4:19
  • Doesn't the Shulchan Aruch pasken that one shouldn't urinate while standing to begin with? – DonielF Mar 27 '17 at 0:33

I'm no medical expert, far from it, but, as far as I can tell from an online search, those extra nerve endings appear to be primarily in the foreskin.

Judaism mandates circumcision for almost all Jewish males.

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    Rather than relying on an online search, I have determined through empirical testing that even the "atara" of a circumcised"zeroah" is more sensitive the shaft.This answer doesn't really answer the question but denies it. – Clint Eastwood Mar 31 '16 at 13:55
  • @msh210 I agree that this doesn't really answer the question and rather calls its validity into question (which is fine). – Lee Mar 31 '16 at 17:07
  • @Clint TMI. Way TMI. – user6591 Jul 25 '17 at 23:28

A small Google search tells me that, it is almost impossible to ejaculat only through glans stimulation,
but very possible through shaft stimulation

(There is a halacha that someone can not have children if he does not have any glans)

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