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Questions tagged [animals]

Questions pertaining to the identity or biology of animals mentioned in Jewish texts literature, or the status of animals in areas of Jewish law, such as diet or damages.

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Rabbinical explanation of the physiological resemblance between animals and humans

I'm looking for Rabbinical/Kabbalical explanations for the resemblance between animals and humans, especially mammals and apes. This is [partially only] influenced by the series of question on the ...
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Can one lechatchila choose to behead a firstborn donkey?

A firstborn donkey must be redeemed by giving a lamb or goat kid to a kohen. If the owner of the donkey doesn't redeem it, the donkey must be decapitated with an ax and buried. Rashi says that this ...
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Do we know of any animals that behave this way? (Bava Basra 16a)

The Gemara in Bava Basra 16a explains certain pesukim in Sefer Iyov to be referring to a conversation between Hashem and Iyov in which Hashem rebukes Iyov for denying or complaining about Hashem's ...
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Is is possible to use Chayos as Korbanos

I'm assuming all issues of Kashrus and Shechita aside - i.e. We have a mesora for Shechting a Giraffe, is it possible to use say, a Giraffe, or Tzvi or Ayal as a Korban, b'sha'as Adchak or are the ...
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Keeping a rat as a housepet

Is there any conflict within Torah law that wouldn't allow keeping a rat (or rather a few of them) in a cage in your room as a pet?
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Penalty for eating meat prior to it being permitted

Prior to the flood, mankind was not allowed to eat meat (Sanhedrin 59b, various other sources and interpretations here). During this time, was there a penalty for killing and eating an animal, just as ...
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Why are castrated animals slaughtered as Kosher beef?

Castration and dehorning of cattle is the common practice in the cattle industry. This a violation a basic Noahide Law ref Tractate Sanhedrin 56a-b: שבע מצות נצטוו בני נח ...רבי חידקא אומר אף על ...
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What are domestic animals that are kosher to raise and quiet?

I want to get an animal to raise and want to be sure to comply with halacha. So I would like to know which animals are kosher to raise in a Jewish home? I am particularly interested in animals which ...
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Animal in excruciating pain on Shabbos: What lenient opinions exist?

Are there any respected poskim who would permit killing (with a shinui) a bug or other small creature who is clearly suffering terribly on Shabbos? If not Shabbos, what about Yom Tov? If not killing,...
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Putting a suffering animal out of its misery - Mitzvah, Reshut or prohibition?

How does the concept of Tza’ar Ba’alei Chaim deal with putting an animal out of its misery by killing it in order to prevent unnecessary pain (of the animal)? For instance, when one sees an animal ...
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According to Kabbalah is it okay to have a pet dove?

I want to buy a dove but my parents say that they heard that according to Kabbalah you cannot own a bird as a pet. I want to know what Kabbalah says about this.
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Jewish Pets in Halacha [duplicate]

Why do such few religious homes have dogs? The Torah speaks often about how important it is to have rachmanus on animals. We are living in a time where millions upon millions of dogs are being housed ...
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Castrated pet ownership

Is it allowed to own a pet that was previous castrated by a non-jew without consent? Practical exemple: a well-behaved female dog adopted by a Jewish family after the castration (and adopted ...
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Why does Torah consider Bats as birds?

It seems from Re'eh 14:18 that Torah considers BATS as birds. Though scientists classify them as mammals. I'm preparing a class on this Parsha and would like to hear comments about this difference.
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Telling your pet to do melacha on shabbas [duplicate]

If I own a dog and I train it to turn on and off lights is that considered like amirah l'nochri which is assur,or telling an animal is different and would be permitted?
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Is there a prohibition to say Kaddish after a pet (an animal)?

Is there a prohibition to say kaddish for a just died pet (yes, an animal)? This is not similar to this, which asks if there is a prayer for a dying pet, my question is if there is a prohibition to ...
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Do animals have a share in the world to come? [duplicate]

Is it stated anywhere what happens to animals when they die? I think it is stated somewhere they have no share in the world to come, so what happens to them after they die? This topic interests me ...
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What are the signs for Kosher Locusts?

I've been researching the simanim (signs) for kasher chagav (locusts/grasshoppers) and have found some information but I need some details. The Yemenites often describe the sign as a ח on the chest ...
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Why is eating meat from living animals wrong?

Why is it wrong to eat meat from a living animal? Is it because it is cruel? Is it because it is impure? Why is it?
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How did Hevel acquire his flock?

In Bereishit 4:2-4 we read that Hevel was a keeper of sheep and that he offered from the firstlings of his flock. How did he come to acquire the flock? Did he have to trap them and domesticate them or ...
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why does the torah specify behema, shor , tzon in korbonos. what is behemah?

what is the meaning of behemah when the torah says leviticus 1:2 adam ki yakriv behemah . 1 And the LORD called unto Moses, and spoke unto him out of the tent of meeting, saying: ב דַּבֵּר אֶל-...
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Remes - רֶמֶשׂ - in Genesis 9:3

In Genesis 9:3 Noah is told he can eat every moving thing that lives, but I have always had a problem with the translation of moving thing meaning every live animal. The word translated as moving ...
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Regurgitating Living Forbidden Species

The endurance artist David Blaine is covered in this video showing the technique where one could learn to swallow certain live animals. And, at will, regurgitate the live animal (for example, a frog). ...
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Does one need to worry about feeding his pet gebrokhts or kitniyot on Pesach? [duplicate]

I thought I had seen just about every unusual Pesach food item, but, it seems that each year, some other idea comes out. I just saw this in my neighborhood store. Ashkenazim don't eat kitniyot and ...
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Understanding Bereshit 1:30

Bereshit 1:30 says וּֽלְכָל־חַיַּ֣ת הָ֠אָרֶץ וּלְכָל־ע֨וֹף הַשָּׁמַ֜יִם וּלְכֹ֣ל ׀ רוֹמֵ֣שׂ עַל־הָאָ֗רֶץ אֲשֶׁר־בּוֹ֙ נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֔ה אֶת־כָּל־יֶ֥רֶק עֵ֖שֶׂב לְאָכְלָ֑ה וַֽיְהִי־כֵֽן׃ And to ...
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What’s the reason behind having to use specifically animal skin for klaf?

What’s the reasoning behind the need to use animals per se as opposed to any other paperlike material for klaf (to write on)? Is there significance in the need to take the life of an animal for the ...
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Adam naming the land animals and fowl

In Genesis 2:19: And the Lord God formed from the earth every beast of the field and every fowl of the heavens, and He brought [it] to man to see what he would call it, and whatever the man ...
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Can you get an animal high?

The gemarah (Bava Metziah 32b, based on Shemot 32:5) explains that a person is not allowed to give an animal undo pain, this is know as צער בעל חי. I would like to know if a person is allowed to give ...
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Did Noah gather the animals, or did they come themselves

In Genesis (6:19) God commands Noah to gather the animals: וּמִכָּל־הָ֠חַי מִֽכָּל־בָּשָׂ֞ר שְׁנַ֧יִם מִכֹּ֛ל תָּבִ֥יא אֶל־הַתֵּבָ֖ה לְהַחֲיֹ֣ת אִתָּ֑ךְ Verse 20, however, concludes that the ...
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Lions vs. dogs for defense?

I am looking for a statement in Gemara or Halacha that one may own a dog for defense but not a lion. Does any of you know the source?
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Is a felt hat made with beaver or rabbit fur unclean according to Leviticus 11:8?

Many of the finer felt hats (especially antique ones) are made of felt created from animal fur, such as beaver or rabbit. The fur is initially harvested from the pelt of a dead animal before it is ...
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Why is a dog considered a wild animal?

Kilayim 8:6, in listing various animals and whether they are considered wild or domesticated, says: כלב מין חיה A dog is a type of wild animal Why is this? We’re not talking about wild dogs ...
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Is an animal raised on basar bechalav feed permissible

Veal can be raised on formula that contains basar bechalav (a meat and milk mixture) which is asur behana'ah (forbidden to derive benefit from). Would this isur cause the meat from animals exclusively ...
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Source that tzaar baalei chayyim only applies to kosher animals?

I remember learning that tzaar baalei chayyim only applies to kosher animals and being very surprised and disappointed, but I don't remember the source at all. Does anyone know where this idea comes ...
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Can 'cruelty to animals' render an animal not kosher?

The problem of cruelty to animals is rife in the food production industry. This article brings the reasoning of two Rabbanim to forbid foie gras and veal on these grounds: Some of the greatest ...
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Maimonides on the purpose of animals?

In the intro to his commentary to Mishnayot the Rambam writes אך על דרך כלל יש לדעת, שכל הנמצאים שתחת גלגל הירח נמצאו בשביל האדם לבדו. וכל מיני החיות, יש מהם למאכלו, כצאן ובקר וזולתם, ויש ...
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Why does the Torah list animals with one sign?

The Torah says that an animal is only kosher if it has split hooves and also chews its cud. Then the Torah lists four animals that aren't kosher because they don't have split hooves and also chew ...
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Did Adam name all the breeds of the same type of animal?

Breishit (Gen.) 2:20 indicates that Adam named all the animals. Did he give each class of animals just general names, or was Adam specific to name each breed of animal as well? E.g. - Did he name ...
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Kosher New World Animals

When Jews first set foot on new-to-them continents (AKA: North America, South America, and Australia), they would have found many animals that were previously unknown to them. Some of these new ...
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Did Adam have intercourse with animals?

Yebamoth 63a states that Adam had intercourse with animals, this isn't a troll post and I'm not intending to be annoying, there has to be something to explain this. Can anyone help me? http://www....
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Why is there a 'monkey' drawn in this old script of Tefillat Ha'Geshem?

I found this photo printed in a Russian/Hebrew booklet about the Days of Awe. The caption says that this is part of Tefilat HaGeshem, but non specifically says that it is 'ancient' and handwritten. ...
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Status of a human-mermaid offspring

This is NOT Purim Torah. Dolfinim can give birth from humans. What are dolfinim? Says Rav Yehudah, mermaids.1 Bechoros 8a. Translation follows Rashi. Whether there are actually mermaids is ...
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How did the Egyptians who didn't fear Hashem have animals?

To address the question of how the Egyptians had any animals after Dever, Rashi (9:10) quotes the Mechilta ואם תאמר מאין היו להם הבהמות והלא כבר נאמר (פסוק ו) וימת כל מקנה מצרים, אלא לא נגזרה גזרה ...
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What do our sources say about the principle of plenitude?

In the book Nature's Destiny, Michael Denton discusses the principle of plenitude, where he claims that all possible viable life forms on a planet like earth appear to have been actualized (as a sort ...
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What does נמר in Tanach mean

What does נמר quoted in this Passuk mean: ירמיהו יג, כג: היהפוך כושי עורו ונמר חברבורותיו I see it translated as a leopard e.g. in mishna avot 5.20 and in "What's the point of Jeremiah 13:18–...
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Why was the snake punished?

In Michtav M'Eliyahu vol2. page 137 Rabbi Dessler explains that the primordial snake was an external manifestation of the evil inclination which entered man after the sin. If so, why was the snake ...
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Why is a Ladybug called a פרת משה רבינו?

I know people might consider this a Hebrew language question, but I decided it would be relevent because I'm wondering why a ladybug is called a פרת משה רבינו in Modern Hebrew. To the best of my ...
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Medrash on Dovid Hamelech riding a Re'eim

I'm looking for a certain medrash. It's about Dovid Hamelech climbing up what he thinks is a mountain, but it actually ends up being a re'eim.
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Can you benefit from a lost animal while waiting to find the owner?

If we find a lost animal we must return it to its owner (seen most recently on Bava Metzia 30, but I know this is codified elsewhere and said directly in D'varim). I also understand that we must care ...
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what is the reason this was not allowed 3:26b4

Why couldn't a kid goat be boiled in its mothers milk? What is the reason for this prohibition? https://hermeneutics.stackexchange.com/questions/15/why-does-adonai-instruct-us-to-not-prepare-a-goat-in-...