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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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Is it permissible to pet a household cat or dog on Shabbat? [duplicate]

Is the owner of a household cat or dog permitted to pet his animal on Shabbat?
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Is there an issur of Tzad (trapping) when returning a pet hamster to its cage on Shabbos?

Putting the issue of muktzah aside, the question is- do poskim discuss whether or not a pet hamster is already considered trapped? The baseline halacha is that a "domesticated" animal is ...
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What is the connection between Hashem's battle with the dragon and creation in Tehilim Chapter 74?

Tehilim 74:13-17 recounts a series of victories of Hashem. The first couplet documents victories in battle against both the tanin and the Leviathan: אַתָּ֤ה פוֹרַ֣רְתָּ בְעׇזְּךָ֣ יָ֑ם שִׁבַּ֖רְתָּ ...
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Are conjoined twin animals inherently treif

According to Halacha, are animals which are conjoined twins considered injured and therefor inherently treif and non kosher even if from a kosher species? Or no, if they are from a kosher species and ...
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May Jews do business in non kosher animal food

The halacha generally prohibits Jews from doing commerce in non kosher foods, although they are not always issur hanaah they are prohibited from regular business in. However, is it permissible for ...
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Animal euthanasia in Halacha

According to Halacha, is it prohibited or permissible to do animal euthanasia on sick or injured animals? Or would it be prohibited as a violation of Tzaar Balei Chayim?
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Is there an issur of Lifnei iver with animals on Shabbat

In Halacha, Jews are forbidden from having animals do prohibited melachot on Shabbat. My question is, is there any issur of Lifnei iver with animals, or no, since animals don’t have the same free will ...
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May one chemically castrate animals

According to Halacha, Jews are not supposed to castrate animals, and many poskim say this is a noahide law as well. My question is whether this prohibition on castration of animals is just a ...
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Is working different species non agriculturally allowed

The Torah in Deuteronomy 22:10 prohibits plowing two different species together. My question is, is it permissible to have two different species work something that isn’t for the purpose of plowing to ...
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Dog licks - kashrut status of dog saliva?

What is the kashrut status of dog* saliva? This question is about what regularly eating treif does to the kashrut status of their saliva. *(or any animal that eats treif or other unkosher food)
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Does brain death count as death for animals and ever min hachai

According to Halacha, is Brain death in animals considered death for the purposes of Ever Min hachai? So could a brain dead animal have its limb removed and eaten for noahides? Obviously Jews have to ...
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How big of a cut on skin renders an animal treif

According to Halacha, how big of a cut on an animal’s skin is necessary to render it non kosher (treif)? Not depth, but width/length wise, what is the shiur for it to become prohibited? Is this ...
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Genetic engineering an animal with a different kind of animal’s dna

Does halacha permit or prohibit a Jew to genetically engineer an animal with the DNA of another kind of animal, or is this considered “Kilayim” the forbidden mixing of two animal species? Sources for ...
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Is it permissible to kill an animal and its mother without shechita?

Halacha prohibits slaughtering an animal and its mother on the same day. My question is, does this prohibition apply if you kill those animals without the purpose of eating them and without shechita? ...
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Lenient opinions on handling pets on Shabbat (or Yom Tov)

I would like to know any traditional sources/responsa that provide lenient opinions on handling pets; touching them, petting them, moving them. I am not asking for personal psak, FYI, and nobody ...
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Reincarnation as animals

One of the doctrines of Lurianic Kabbalah is the notion of reincarnation. My question is if it is possible to reincarnate as an animal when you die as a human?
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Pidyon Peter chamor on c section born donkeys

Does the mitzvah of Pidyon Peter Chamor (redeeming the firstborn donkey), apply if the donkey was born through C section (caesarean section)? Or does the Halakha not consider that is birth for the ...
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Can Jewish owned animals have tattoos?

If a Jew owns an animal, are they permitted to give that animal a tattoo? I would imagine this is permitted, but are there any opinions it is not allowed on the principle that a Jew shouldn’t do ...
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Is wheat bad for animals?

Rashi on Bava Metzia 90a D"H UMatrezes (a few lines from the bottom) says that if an ox has a certain stomach disease, wheat worsens the ox's condition. However, the Gemara says on Bava Kamma 20a ...
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Animal charities donations in Hilchos Tzedakah

Is it permissible to give Maaser money (or for that matter, a large sum of spontaneous Tzedakah), to an animal protection or endangered species charity? Would this be considered foolish spending or a ...
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Derech Eretz with animals?

Is it permitted to eat in front of animals? Eating in front of fellow human beings when they don't have food is considered a breach of Derech Eretz as it might make them hungry, or repulse them, or ...
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What does living creature mean?

Does the Hebrew word 'nephesh' (נֶפֶשׁ) refer to any creature (animal or human) or just humans? What does it actually mean in Hebrew? I see it is used in Bereshit to describe the living 'creatures' ...
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Why did David hamstring the horses? [duplicate]

In 2 Shmuel 8:4 we read David captured 1,700 horsemen and 20,000 foot soldiers of his force; and David hamstrung all the chariot horses, except for 100 which he retained. The traditional explanation ...
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Is a dead bat impure?

The Torah lists the ״עטלף״ which is generally translated to mean “a bat”, among the non kosher birds, but does that mean that it is considered a bird for every purpose, like when it comes to the laws ...
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Looking at impure phenomenon

This question posits that, as per the extent of my research, the source for pregnant women not gazing at tameh animals is from the sefer kav hayashar 2:7. Which doesn't mention anything about pregnant ...
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Can pregnant women look at animals? [duplicate]

Ive heard that pregnant women should not look at animals. What is the inyan behind pregnant women not looking at animals?
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Do fish feel pain? [duplicate]

Are there any seforim, esoteric or otherwise, that teach such matters as the physiological differences between various species or general categories of animals? For example do fish feel pain? If they ...
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Walking a dog on Shabbath for leisure

Is a dog owner allowed to walk their dog outside on The Shabbath Day for leisure purposes?
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Beracha of משנה הבריות for a dead animal?

Other questions, here and here, discuss saying the beracha of משנה הבריות when seeing various animals. Does the same apply if the animal is dead?*, ** Some examples where this can happen: 1) Seeing a ...
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Netilat yadayim with liquid that an animal wouldn't drink

The Shulchan Aruch writes (Orach Hayim, 160: 8) that the waters of Tveryah cannot be used for netilat yadayim because they are "bitter and not fitting for a dog to drink" (and presumably a ...
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What is the difference between איל and עתוד?

במדבר ז יז - וּלְזֶ֣בַח הַשְּׁלָמִים֮ בָּקָ֣ר שְׁנַ֒יִם֒ אֵילִ֤ם חֲמִשָּׁה֙ עַתּוּדִ֣ים חֲמִשָּׁ֔ה כְּבָשִׂ֥ים בְּנֵֽי־שָׁנָ֖ה חֲמִשָּׁ֑ה זֶ֛ה קׇרְבַּ֥ן נַחְשׁ֖וֹן בֶּן־עַמִּינָדָֽב׃ {פ} And for his ...
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Question about Leviticus 11:43 [duplicate]

The verse in Leviticus 11:43 speaks about becoming unclean by eating "unclean" animals. You shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping creature that creeps, and you shall not ...
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Prohibited acts with animals

Is sexually stimulating an animal a sin, like having sex with it, as the Torah says, or is it not considered a sin? There are some professionals that must do this to extract their semen, for example, ...
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What are "tzon" in the parsha of korbanos?

Korbanos of the "tzon" variety may be brought from the "kevasim" and "izim" type. I'm wondering if there are any essays out there that identify what a "keves" ...
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Genesis 32:33 a law or a custom?

It is mentioned in The Tanach that Jacob fought with an angel who could not beat him. At the end of the fight, the angel strikes a nerve in Jacob's leg, causing him to limp. The verse then states: &...
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Why did Hashem kill Pharaoh's horses?

Why did Hashem kill Pharaoh's horses in the yam suf? What did the horses do wrong to deserve to die? Isn't that tzar baleie chayim?
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Removing/destroying a spider web on Shabbos

In response to the question, "Can you destroy a spider web on Shabbos?" asked on this website, part of the reply was a citation from Rabbi Yehoshua Neuwirth (1989) in section (23:9), “...
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IVF for crossbreeding animals

The prohibition that one gets מלקות for in the case of כלאי בהמה is only כמכחול בשפופרת. It is in fact permitted to have the two animals "live" in the same stall in the expectation that they ...
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Can we heal or save pets on shabbat?

If an animal is hurt on the shabbat, are we required to save its life? If I find an animal in a pit on shabbat, am I required to lift it out? If there is a fire on shabbat, should we save our pets?
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Other cases in which an animal gets some status of its owner?

An animal belonging to a kohen can eat Terumah. Can a poor person's animal eat Maaser Ani? If one owns an animal in Jeruslaem, may it consume Maaser Sheni?
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Bracha on Unloading and raising up animals

Does one make a bracha over the mitzvot of unloading an exhausted animal, or raising up a collapsed animal?
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Bracha over searching kosher signs

Is there a bracha that is made over searching the kosher signs of animals, whether animals, birds or fish - given that the Rambam lists these as individual mitzvot.
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Saying Tehilim for pets

It's common in Judaism to say prayers for those going through dangerous situations such as traveling or medical surgeries. May one pray for a pet having in these situations? Are there any halakhic ...
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Can Animals Be Affected By Ruach Ra’ah

Can a person’s animal be affected by Ruach ra’ah if one touches their pet’s mouth or the inside of their ear before doing morning netilat yadayim?
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Does the Oral Torah have a law against 'common' animals?

I am a Christian who is researching how other religions influenced Christianity throughout its history. Having found that some of my fellow believers in the Hebrew Roots movement hold the belief that ...
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Receiving animal based organ transplants

I was looking at the idea of receiving an organ transplanted from an animal as in this question. One issue which was not raised is that of tum'ah. Though the transplant might be acceptable for many ...
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Why didn't Adam name fish and insects? [duplicate]

When Adam named animals, the Torah mentions three categories: cattle, wild animals, and birds: "וַיִּקְרָא הָאָדָם שֵׁמוֹת לְכָל־הַבְּהֵמָה וּלְעוֹף הַשָּׁמַיִם וּלְכֹל חַיַּת הַשָּׂדֶה..." ...
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Why did animals deserve to perish in the mabul? [duplicate]

Because animals have such a limited intellectual capacity, how can they be held culpable for anything that warrants a punishment as severe as the mabul?
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How to tell when a קרבן is a שעיר (older goat) versus שעיר עזים (kid / younger goat)

The רמבם in מעשה הקרבנות א יד writes: כָּל מָקוֹם שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר בַּתּוֹרָה כֶּבֶשׂ אוֹ כַּבְשָׂה אוֹ כְּבָשִׂים הֲרֵי אֵלּוּ בְּנֵי שָׁנָה. וְכָל מָקוֹם שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר אַיִל אוֹ אֵילִים הֵם הַזְּכָרִים ...
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Who owns a foster animal?

In animal foster care, the shelter provides everything including food. You are required to take care of the animal (feed, walks, train…). Are you or the shelter considered the owner and by extension ...
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