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Questions tagged [parts-of-the-body]

about parts of the body

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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 613 (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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At which point of conception and pregnancy does one receive a רוח?

Where is there a discussion that answers the question, at which point of conception and pregnancy does one receive a רוח? Genesis 45:27 וַיְדַבְּרוּ אֵלָיו, אֵת כָּל-דִּבְרֵי יוֹסֵף אֲשֶׁר דִּבֶּר ...
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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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Is the body likened unto a temple in the Hebrew Bible or Rabbinical Literature? [duplicate]

I know that in the Christian Bible (New Testament), there are several passages in which bodies are likened unto a temple. See the examples below: 1 Corinthians 3:16-17 16 "Do you not know that you ...
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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 ...
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How do you kasher your teeth?

A Pesach preparation guide tells me to kasher my teeth on Erev Pesach. How on earth does one do this?
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Are women allowed to see another woman's private area?

I always was curious if a woman has to guard her eyes, like men, in tznious. I've seen a lot of bikini pics. I just wanted to know if it's an aveira to see this type of stuff.
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Is the Luz the Sacrum?

The Luz bone has been identified as the bone Techias Hameisim will be performed from, see for instance in Bereishis Rabba 28 3 the discussion between Rabi Yehoshua ben Chananya and Hadrian. It is ...
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Is tearing the hymen something that should be avoided

I have always heard that tearing the hymen by beilas mitzva (first intercourse with a virgin after marriage) is a good thing and it should not be avoided (maybe to tear it is the mitzvah as it seems ...
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The Impurity of Teeth

In Bemidbar 19:16, the Torah mentions impurity conveyed by a person's bone. From this, the gemara learns out that those parts of a corpse that convey impurity are those parts that are like a bone in ...
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How much skin is a woman halachically allowed to show from the neck downward?

Is there a requirement to how much skin a woman can show - when going out in public - from where the neck ends to where the torso begins going downward at the top of her shirt? The question is ...
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Praying in this condition

Some times, like just after waking-up, men have an erection. But what if one just woke up and wants to say the Mode Ani, must he wait for it to pass or can he say it as is? Would it be disrespectful ...
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Is an “eye” or a “symbol of eye” important for Judaism?

Eye symbols like above pictures; Are they important for Judaism? http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v620/FightingFalcon/706px-Eye_of_Horussvg.png https://t1.ftcdn.net/jpg/00/19/96/66/...
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Can one light Chanukah candles with ear wax?

Can one light Chanukah candles with ear wax? I'm not suggesting that people actually do this, as it is weird. But, I'm asking this in terms of allowable halacha. I know that the 2nd chapter of Talmud ...
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Can one rip off dead skin on shabbat?

Is any melachah involved with ripping of dead skin on Shabbat? Is there a concern that one might cause him/herself to bleed?
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Covering eyes for Shma which isn't THE shma

Based on the answer to this question about covering ones eyes for the Shma said early in davening, it would appear that one only covers his eyes when saying the verse of Shma in order to enhance the ...
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The Machzeh Einayim on crying

In the book With Hearts Full of Love on page 300, Rabbi Mattisyahu Salomon states the following: In Machzeh Einayim the sefer asks, "Why is that the Creator constructed people in such a way that no ...
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Are ankle socks non-tziniut?

Is it permissible for a woman to wear ankle socks? The issue that comes to mind is that the area between the bottom of the skirt and the top of the socks is visible and quite substantial. But if you ...
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An obscure reference to a “golden vein”

There is a term in Yiddish is גילדני אדער - and the translation as hemorrhoids is given in Harkavy's Yiddish/English/Hebrew dictionary. The term is mentioned numerous times in the Jewish legal ...
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The Need to Wash Hands After Touching Covered Parts of the Body

The Shulchan Aruch (4: 18) records a list of activities that require one to wash his hands. אֵלּוּ דְּבָרִים צָרִיךְ נְטִילָה בְּמַיִם...וְהַנּוֹגֵעַ בְּרַגְלָיו...וְהַחוֹפֵף רֹאשׁוֹ...וְהַנּוֹגֵעַ ...
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Source for Striking Self during Viduy

What is the earliest source for striking one's chest while reciting Vidduy?