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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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-...
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Contradiction between Shemos 9:6 and 9:20-21?

In Shemos 9:6: "HASHEM carried out this word the next day, and all the livestock of Egypt died, and of the livestock of the Children of Israel not one died." (Artscroll English Tanach) This ...
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In what sense is the nesher connected to geulah?

Parshas shemini lists the nesher (vulture?) as non-kosher animal. But Ieshaiahu describes the future geulah connecting the tzadikim with neshirim (ישעיה מ:לא). Also, Sforno in parshas haazinu alludes ...
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Fitting for an animal to eat besides a dog

In many halachos about food (Kashrus, owning Chametz on Pesach, etc.), a standard for determining if something retains its status as food is if it is "fitting for a dog to eat." What about other ...
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Caged hens, and other seemingly cruel farming methods

My local kosher store sells eggs from caged hens which probably means that there no halachic prohibition of eating these eggs. As it seems cruel to keep hens in such a manner: Is it forbidden to ...
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Did God create all animals in pairs?

I can't find any proof about how many animals of every kind were created in the creation of the world. Is that information mentioned anywhere? Before this question, I mistakenly thought that the ...
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Working and living with Chickens

If my shoes have come in contact with chicken feces through everyday work and there is a lingering smell even after washing them off, although faint it's still apparent to me, can I say brachos?
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What's special about grasshoppers?

Why do the spies compare themselves to grasshoppers Bamidbor 13 (33) we saw the Nephilim there—the Anakites are part of the Nephilim—and we looked like grasshoppers to ourselves, and so we must ...
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Is my dog muktzeh to me on Shabbos?

I believe that putting a leash on a dog to take it for a walk on Shabbos is permissible, even in a place where there is no eiruv, since the leash is to protect the dog. What about touching my dog, ...
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Saying a pasuk to scare dogs

It seems somewhat widespread that Jews that are scared of dogs think that saying ולכל בני ישראל לא יחרץ כלב לשונו will either protect them or scare the dog away or something like that. Does this have ...
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Sculptures of Animals for non-worship

Is it permitted for a Jew to buy animal sculptures for decoration purposes.
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Does G-d feed every creature?

Does Psalm 145:16 teach that G-d ensures the well being of every living animal? "You open your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing"
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will there be plants and animals in olam haba? [closed]

In the future eternal world of Olam Haba (i.e. the final destination following the resurrection of the dead as explained here) according to the opinions that the body and soul will be reunited, will ...
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Acceptable to receive transplant of organs grown inside pigs?

If scientists could grow human organs inside of pigs, would it be halachically acceptable to receive a transplant of such an organ? A recent article in National Public Radio about US and British ...
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Avraham leaving the donkey behind

The Medrash states that Avraham asked Yitzchak what he saw and he answer that he saw the divine presence. However,when he asked Eliezer and Yishmael they both answered that they saw nothing. The ...
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Can one ask a trained animal to do Sabbath work

Is there a prohibition to use a trained animal to do Sabbath work such as turning on a light. (assuming the animal belongs to one's non-Jewish neighbor).
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How to tell if can use bird feed on paisach

How can I tell if this bird feed can be used Ingredients: White preso millet, golden german millet, red proso millet, flax seed, canary grass seed, niger thistle, rape seed, oat groats, dehydrated ...
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What should you do if your cat brings Chametz into your house?

Your cat plays outside during the day on Pesach. You see your cat rolling around in the dirt that has Chametz that was deposited by Gentiles walking on the street. The cat also decides to carry a bag ...
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Is it permitted to say Dayan Emet for deceased pet?

Judging from a few other posts on Mi Yodeya I am left with the impression we do not say anything for a deceased pet. But asking just to be sure.
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Did The Snake In The Garden Of Eden Have Free Will?

I heard that all of creation recognizes Hashem and is obedient to Hashem, and that humans are the only creation from Hashem that have free will. So why is it that the snake in the garden of Eden was ...
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Lambs offered for sacrifice

I have read that young lambs were not used for sacrifice - that what was used was one year old Rams with horns. Is this correct? The bible talks about lambs, but is this bad translation?
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What method was used to kill an animal being sacrificed by a priest?

I know that it was very important to drain the blood of a sacrificed animal so that it could be spattered on the altar. When imagining the priest taking on the task of killing a bull or a goat it ...
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Are there any practical solutions to allow carrying dog bags on Shabbas? [closed]

If someone lives in a small community without an eruv and would like to walk his dog (for his benefit and health) on Shabbas. In most locations people are required to pick up and dispose of dog ...
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Is it permitted to share a plate or bowl with a pet (such as a cat or dog)?

Is it permitted to use the same plates and bowls to feed a pet cat or dog which are also used for eating? Assuming the pet is fed kosher (for humans) food is this permitted? Are there any issues ...
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Pets in Judaism

So I was wondering what Judaism has had to say about pets in the past. Is it ideal to have them? Is there any spiritual negativity in keeping dogs or such? Dogs are generally not representing good ...
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What is the mur incense

How can I find the mur incense? From Harav 297.3 ... ומכל מקום טוב להניח חתיכת מור בתוך מיני ריחות שמברכים עליהם בורא מיני בשמים כדי שיברך ברכת בורא מיני בשמים כהלכתה: I see that there is a ...
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Dogs in Judaism

I've heard that dogs are somewhat special in Judaism. For example, I heard that the word "כלב" (dog) comes from "לב" (heart), and it means something like "loved one". I also once heard that G-d gave ...
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Noah - Feeding the Animals

Chazal tell us that Noah worked hard to keep all of the animals in the ark well fed. Most (or at least many) animals are carnivores or insectivores. Does that mean Noah in fact brought in animals to ...
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Questions about the story of Noah

There's a doubt I have about the story of Noah that I can't explain. If Noah's ark landed about 4000 years ago in what is now Turkey, how could some land animals get to places such as Australia or ...