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Fell into a pit and one's artificial organs were damaged — consequences?

That's something I've studied many years ago - laws of damages by a pit. IIRC in one falls into a pit (בור) the owner pays only body damages but not broken tools. What artificial limbs/organs qualify ...
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Why was it improper to stick out a thumb in the Temple?

The Mishnah says, in Yoma 2:1, “the assigner [of tasks] would tell [all of] them: "Stick out your fingers [for the procedure to assign the task]." And what would they stick out? Either one or two [...
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Is writing on your body acceptable? [duplicate]

Is writing on your body acceptable? Leviticus 19:28 ESV / 471 You shall not make any cuts on your body for the dead or tattoo yourselves: I am the Lord.
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Did Miriam's well waters cause a need to use bathroom?

IIRC, the Manna was miraculously and wastelessly absorbed by the body. Did the water they drank from Miriam's miraculous well also possess miraculous properties and was wasteless or it was regular ...
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Connection Between Liver & Honor?

Seeing that lashon hakodesh allows for analyzing the connection between similar rooted words, what is the connection between liver (כבד) and honor (כבוד)?
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What blessing does a midget say on seeing himself?

Following "reciting-the-blessing-of-meshaneh-habriyos-who-makes-creatures-different": what does a man that falls into that category, e.g. a midget, says upon himself? Does he have to see himself (...
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Is there a tefilah/segulah requesting that bowel and intestine should work?

My brother-in-law is critically ill in ICU and some of his organs have stopped working. My sister whatsapped me this morning: "Intestines not working. Abdomen so Swollen. Cannot take in any feeds. ...
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Relation between brain damage and the soul

Physical damage to the brain can lead to various psychological and cognitive phenomena, like drastic changes in character, selective memory loss (like forgetting faces but remembering names or vice ...
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Can one say to the Kohen, “A nega appeared on my body”?

In discussing tzara'at which afflicts houses, Vayikra 14:35 describes the start of the procedure to declare the house impure as follows: וּבָא֙ אֲשֶׁר־ל֣וֹ הַבַּ֔יִת וְהִגִּ֥יד לַכֹּהֵ֖ן לֵאמֹ֑ר ...
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Hebrew Letters and corresponding body parts

When I was a little child, I remember being taught that each of the Hebrew letters had a corresponding body part. I am sure I learned what they were at the time, but I've long forgotten most of them. ...
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Measuring the universe in G-d's cubits (Eruvin 21a)

In the following passage (Eruvin 21a in William Davidson edition) the sages try to determine the size of the Torah scroll that Zachariah saw in his prophecy: In order to determine the measure of ...
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Body Parallels to the Creation

Inspired by this question. Some commentaries viewed maaseh bereishis to be the literal description of the creation, and some interpret it in an allegorical fashion. I recall hearing somewhere that ...
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How does one put on tefillin with a prosthetic?

Assuming that prosthetic limbs are not considered part of one's body: How would someone put on Tefillin if r"l his non-dominant arm was replaced by a prosthetic from the shoulder? Would the ...
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Was every commandment on the Tablets inscribed with a different finger of G-d?

In continuation to "the-importance-of-the-tablets-being-written-with-g-ds-finger": I heard in Hagada of Pesach, when the Rabbis discuss the number of the plagues they compare it to hands and fingers. ...
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Body Parallels to the Mishkan

Rabbi Orlofsky mentions the body parallels to the Mishkan, like: the rib cage corresponds to the kerashim the head corresponds to the aron the broken luchos correspond to the subconscious mind ...
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What's the purpose of the milk teeth?

Human teeth are different from other parts of the body because they are given twice (the third we need to pay). Does Judaism address the purpose of the creation of the milk teeth at infancy and ...
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Controversies in counting the 24 organs of freeing the slave

I've already asked a couple of questions on the counting of the 248 body organs, see the list. Lately, I asked some question on slavery and here's where those topics cross. The Gemmorah in Kiddushin ...
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Can a “brain controlled” prosthetic be used on Shabbat?

New prosthetics are controlled by brain waves which seem to make the prosthetic an extension of the body in an "organic" way, in that we control all of our own limbs through the same brain waves and ...
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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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Should the Chazzan strike his chest during the repetition of the Amidah

If one is serving as the shaliach tzibur, should he strike his chest during the repetition of the amidah during the reading of the paragraph of selach lanu, as an individual dues during the silent ...
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What was the size of the כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר?

What was the size of the כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר (garments of skins for Adam and his wife) (Genesis 3:21)? By "size", I mean, was the garment just covering the area that an underwear would cover, or was it a ...
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Why the soul comes in through the nose and comes out through the mouth?

G-d blows the soul in through the nostrils, not his mouth: וַיִּיצֶר ה"א אֶת־הָאָדָם עָפָר מִן־הָאֲדָמָה וַיִּפַּח בְּאַפָּיו נִשְׁמַת חַיִּים וַיְהִי הָאָדָם לְנֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה׃ the LORD God ... ...
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Mitzvot after marriage

This question is a follow up to the questions of the connection between the Mitzvot and the number of body parts. The Facts: The Gmarrah in Makot 23b: "דרש רבי שמלאי: שש מאות ושלש עשרה מצות נאמרו ...
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3 cavities of the heart and emotions?

This question is not about the anatomical validity of the claim (I got tired)! The Shu"A Yo"D 40:1 rules (based probably on the Gm in Hulin 45b and Rashb"a): "הַלֵּב יֵשׁ לוֹ ג' חֲלָלִים" - there ...
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Women - less Mitzvot more body parts?

According to the Gemmorah sources: Women have much less positive Mitzvot than men, as they are freed from most of the time-related Mitzvot (Mishna Kiddushin 1:7). Women have more body parts than men, ...
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11 pairs of ribs - practice or tradition?

THis is a follow-up question to 248-organs. The Mishnah in Ohalot (1:8) states that there are 248 organs and lists all of them: "מָאתַיִם וְאַרְבָּעִים וּשְׁמֹנָה אֵבָרִים בָּאָדָם, שְׁלשִׁים ...
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How is the male skeleton different from female?

This question is a follow-up to "Different-counts-of-the-248-organs-". As we see from the Mishnah in Ohalot 1,8, only the bones are counted as organs, namely a bone that has a sinew and some flesh. ...
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Different counts of the 248 organs - bones or soft tissues?

First read the related questions here (mitzvot-and-their-body-parts and here (613-organs). The Mishnah in Ohalot (1:8) states that there are 248 organs and lists all of them: "מָאתַיִם ...
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Tznius status of the chest area

In common nowadays practice the woman's chest area is treated on par with the lower part and must be covered (swimsuits etc, ads, movies rating etc). According to the laws of Tznius (modesty), is ...
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How did Pinchas kill Zimri? (technically)

It says (Rashi on Chumash, Sanhedrin ) "He miraculously struck exactly at Zimri’s male and her female parts " I can understand how this could have killed Cozbi (by puncturing her vital inner organs) ...
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Why not cover yourself when saying a b'racha in a Mikveh?

From Adam and Chava people started to cover the nakedness of the body. But how come one can say a blessing in a Mikveh while being naked?
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Checking for Testicular Cancer

May a man look at and/or touch his reproductive organ while bathing? made me think of another related question. It has been medically suggested that men do a regular self-check for testicular ...
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Why is the heart labeled the seat of emotion?

Throughout Tanach, the heart is used as the seat of emotion. For instance: The heart understands (Melachim Aleph 3:9) Thought comes from the heart (this seems to be the straightforward understanding ...
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How does this list add up to 248 bones?

The Mishnah in Oholos 1:8 gives a list of 248 bones in the human body: 30 in the feet1 6 in each toe2 10 in the ankle3 2 in the shin3 5 in the knee3 1 in the thigh3 3 in the hip3 ...
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Is there a list of the 365 sinews?

The 248 positive commandments are compared to the 248 bones (Zohar 1:170b). Chazal provide a list of these 248 bones (Oholos 1:8). The 365 negative commandments are compared to the 365 sinews (Zohar ...
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Why is 'לִבִּי' treated as a separate entity in Kohelet?

Kohelet is a chronicle of King Solomon's life journey to understand the 'meaning of it all'. In this short klaf the phrase לִבִּי (and variants on the word for 'heart') is used some 30 times (mainly ...
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Location of the Neshama

The gemara in Brachot 10a says that the Neshama fills the body מה הקדוש ברוך הוא מלא כל העולם - אף נשמה מלאה את כל הגוף On the other hand we find places that indicate the Neshama is in the brain/...
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Is it forbidden for a noachide (Non-Jew) to be circumcised?

I heard Rabbi Immanuel Schochet bring this up in a lecture as an off hand comment, that circumcision is bodily mutilation, and thus the only reason why Jews can do it, is because it they are ...
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Animals v.s. human mum and tamim in offering

Regards animals it is said: Any [animal] that has a blemish (mum מום) you shall not offer up (Leviticus 22:20), and that it has to be tamim (תמים - 22:21). While regards the kohanim who brought the ...
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What is the Luz Bone?

What is the Luz bone? What is the source of this concept? I saw it referred to in the Mishneh Berurah - 300:2 Wikipedia quotes from Medrash Rabah 28:3. I know the basic description given. If it ...
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How to deal with back pain [closed]

Part of the deal with leaning over sefarim for three sedarim necessarily results in painful shoulder knots or other forms of back pain. What do you all recommend for coping with such symptoms, or how ...
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Is there a problem for a Jew to say the word “penis”?

There appear to be some sources that claim that Lashon Ha'kodesh is holy because there are no words in the language for the male or female genitalia. Instead the word "yerech" (thigh), "raglayim" (...
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Kosher or not: hind-quarters of sheep & cow?

Would some kind person advise me on the Halachic status of the hindquarters of a sheep or cow for kosher consumption on the table. It is my understanding that a leg of a lamb, for example, may be ...
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What parts of an animal require kashering prior to eating?

I assume that the reason for koshering meat is to get rid of the blood. If that is the case, if someone eats gribenes, which are fried chicken skins, do the skins need to be koshered? What if one ...
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“Chambers of the stomach” mentioned in Yom Kippur service

There is a paragraph said just prior to the על חטא section of the Yom Kippur service that begins: אתה חופש כל חדרי בטן A (fairly) literal translation would be, "You search all the chambers of the ...
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Is there a listing of all 248 members of the human body?

There are 248 positive commandments and this is reflected in the commonly stated idea that there are 248 (let's say "members") in the human body (commonly stated as bones). Though how it's translated (...
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Eye contact with makom bris?

Is there an issur of making eye contact with your own or someone else's makom bris? I remember seeing a sign by the Arizal's mikvah in Tzfat warning strongly against it (on halachic grounds), but I ...
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Washing your feet when you wake up?

So I've heard that we Jews (when waking up) used to first wash their feet and then their hands. But what happen today, don't we wash our feet anymore? Or is that an optional thing? Do some still do it ...
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Does one need to file one's nails in the same order used when cutting one's nails?

See this M.Y. question related to the order for cutting one's nails. Does one need to follow this same order when one files or paints (manicures) the nails, or does it only apply to cutting? The ...
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Reason for the order of cutting one's nails

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 260:1 cites the Rema who states these rules when cutting one's nails: The order for cutting the nails (numbered "digits") is: Left Hand - 4,2,5,3,1 Right Hand - 2,4,1,3,5 ...