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The original question as well as @SAH challenge seem to imply that the Torah forbids piercings. This belief is possibly coming from the prohibition of tatoos as the prohibition to injure oneself. But as we will say the halacha doesn't necessarily consider all body piercings forbidden. As context, plastic surgery (a more extreme form of bodily injury for ...


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Yad Efraim Yoreh Deah 36:14 discusses the trauma of chickens seeing other chickens slaughtered. He says that this causes the chickens much distress and they become treifos from their lungs drying out from fear. He also says that in slaughter houses, animals should not be slaughtered in plain view of other animals because it is Tzaar Baalei Chaim. He ...


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Nowadays a woman becomes a Niddah during childbirth, as we pasken (or: have taken upon as a Halacha) that most vaginal discharges cause Niddah. Some very specific colors are except, but it needs training to discern them. Since childbirth includes a lot of blood, we assume that some of the blood may be Niddah-blood and since we cannot tell the bloods apart (...


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This discussion is basically the entirety of Bava Kama. There's way too much to source directly, but I'll try to point to a couple things. The source for Chovel (recently came up in a Daf Yomi Shiur for Kesuvos 32) is derived from the possuk that ossurs a shaliach beis din from adding to the malkus. Chazal point out that Beis Din is given the authority to ...


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Nice question. To me it seems that to begin with, the whole concept of having a system wherein people compete to "win" a mitzva opportunity is a tricky matter. If indeed everyone's intention is pure about it, i.e. all participants genuinely want to fulfill Hashem's mitzvah for it's sake, and competing is but a means to express that desire, then fine. But ...


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Excellent questions; I'll take these out of order, forgive me here. "The congregation of God" here simply means marrying into the Jewish mainstream. So a man who chose to be castrated is allowed to marry a convert, but not a born-Jew. "What is the spiritual significance?" Don't go there. It's a technical law on the books. For all other aspects, he's a Jew ...


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A mitsva See Mishna Maccot chapter 2, 2: אַבָּא שָׁאוּל אוֹמֵר, מַה חֲטָבַת עֵצִים רְשׁוּת, יָצָא הָאָב הַמַּכֶּה אֶת בְּנוֹ {יא}, וְהָרַב הָרוֹדֶה אֶת תַּלְמִידוֹ, וּשְׁלִיחַ בֵּית דִּין {יב}: ‏ Bartenura: מַה חֲטָבַת עֵצִים רְשׁוּת. דְּאִי בָעֵי עָיֵיל לַחְטֹב וְאִי בָעֵי לֹא עָיֵיל: יָצָא הָאָב הָרוֹדֶה אֶת בְּנוֹ. דְּמִצְוָה קָא עֲבִיד:‏ Yqar ...


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You are speaking of the prohibition against cutting one’s self and are correct. Everyone agrees that to cut oneself in the manner of idolaters or in grief over dead people is strictly forbidden. Many (e.g., Sefer Hachinuch, Bach YD 180:6, Shach YD 180:9, Minchat Chinuch #3) also agree that it is forbidden to cut oneself for no reason but the Rema disagrees. ...


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Bava Kamma 33a says an ox that injured a human pays half its value in damage: תָּם בְּאָדָם מְשַׁלֵּם בַּמּוֹתָר חֲצִי נֶזֶק A tam (innocent ox the first 3 times) Ox that damages a human pays the full damage from its body covered by up till half its value. Rabbi Yossi Hagellili says same would apply when an ox kills a human, one pays half the value of ...


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Several Mishnayoth and Gemaroth are linked to the question. Through these texts that we will discover the Halacha. The first appears in Mishna (Baba Kama Chapter 8 Mishna 5) "הַחוֹבֵל בְּעַצְמוֹ, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵינוֹ רַשַּׁאי, פָּטוּר" It concerns the right to wound itself.The Gemara's Pilpulim evoked in this connection: the damage, suffering,Shame ...


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The Gemoro (Yoma 22a) answers your question: והא מעיקרא מאי טעמא לא תקינו לה רבנן פייסא? מעיקרא סבור כיון דעבודת לילה היא לא חשיבא להו ולא אתו. כיון דחזו דקאתו ואתו לידי סכנה תקינו לה פייסא. ‏ Asks the Gemoro: So why didn't they do Pias originally (for who would do Trumas Hadeshen)? Answers the Gemoro: Originally they assumed that since it was a ...


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The reason why Moses mouth got burned was to atone for the milk of the non jewish women that touched his tongue. His hand did not get burned because it did not require atonement. I saw this in some book, i think Vedibarta Bam.


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Rabbi Eli Mansour writes, based on a machlokes involving the Rosh and the Rashba: Given the difference of opinion in this regard, the Halachic authorities advise a person with a cast on his arm to wear the Tefillin Shel Yad over the cast, but without reciting a Beracha. Instead of reciting the Beracha of “Le’hani’ah Tefillin” over the Tefillin ...


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As an introduction, you really need to read Sanhedrin 78a-b with Rashi, and Rambam Hilchos Rotzeach Ushemiras Nefesh 4, which lay out the practically applicable rules of assessments, which will answer any specific question. The only possible question arises if an original assessment was made that it had the power to kill, and we do not accept any subsequent ...


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In the blog Daat Torah, the author (I do not know who it is) quotes Rabbi Horowitz. Rabbi Horowitz's website claims (I think correctly) that he is recognized throughout the Jewish community as an authority on raising children in these troubled times. Rabbi Horowitz quotes Rav Pam due to the enhanced sense of personal freedom and individual rights ...


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These laws are found in Shulchan Aruch Even Ha'ezer siman 5. Many of these laws are based on the inability to procreate and therefore in modern times where there have been medical discoveries, many poskim rule slightly different than the straight Shulchan Aruch & Ramma. For instance, no difference is made between which testicle is damaged.


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