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Is shechita done by Jews with prosthetic arms valid

Shulchan Aruch, Yoreh Deah 7.1 rules that if someone attaches a knife to a heavy wheel, gives the wheel a big spin (whether using their hand or foot to do so!), and then puts the animal's neck in its ...
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Why was it improper to stick out a thumb in the Temple?

The Mishnah there is describing how certain jobs in the Basis Hamikdash would be appointed if there were multiple Kohanim vying for the same job. The Kohanim would form a circle around the supervisor, ...
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Is there a listing of all 248 members of the human body?

They are listed in the Mishna Seder Taharoth, Ohaloth 1:8 A link to an english translation online has been provided by WAF here 30 feet 30 each foot (6 each toe) 10 ankle 10 each ...
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Which ancient cults would cut out the hearts of live animals and offer them as sacrifices?

A possible answer: Rambam on the mishnah states that this was done as part of worship of Baalim. The city of Baalbek, which was originally a Baal center of worship, eventually became a center of ...
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Do tefillin straps have to be animal skin

The straps must be made of skins of a kosher animal (OC 33:3, cf. Shabbat 28b). Pri Megadim is unsure if this requirement is biblical (like by the other components of tefillin) or only rabbinic.
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Is it forbidden for a noachide (Non-Jew) to be circumcised?

According to Rambam (Hilkhot Milah 3:7), not only is it permissible for a gentile to circumcise himself, it is a mitsvah! As he writes in a responsum (ed. Blau # 148), this is in the category of eino ...
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What was the size of the כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר?

The Bartenura on that verse says that the כָּתְנוֹת עוֹר covered their entire body - I guess like a long robe. He explains that this is the reason the fig leaves needed to be replaced, because they ...
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Connection Between Liver & Honor?

Shemot 7:14 says: וַיֹּ֤אמֶר ה' אֶל־משֶׁ֔ה כָּבֵ֖ד לֵ֣ב פַּרְעֹ֑ה מֵאֵ֖ן לְשַׁלַּ֥ח הָעָֽם The Lord said to Moses, "Pharaoh's heart is heavy; he has refused to let the people out. The ...
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Eye donations in Halacha

R Chaim Jachter has a very good summary of relevant opinions Rav Waldenberg and Dayan Weisz categorically forbid cornea transplants because of the issue of denigrating the dead Rav Isser Yehuda ...
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Is Gid Hanasheh issur hanaah

This is a dispute in the Talmud (Pesachim 22a) and Shulchan Arukh (YD 65:10) rules general benefit is permitted.
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Are women allowed to see another woman's private area?

Concur with mbloch's answer -- if one is viewing them licentiously that's a different discussion -- just wanted to bring a stronger proof. Basically, it used to be everyone of the same gender went to ...
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How did Pinchas kill Zimri? (technically)

While I might normally put these as comments, I think this can warrant an answer. Firstly, it is possible that even with piercing just their sexual organs, they may have died from blood loss from the ...
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Body Parallels to the Mishkan

Midrash Hagadol, (Terumah): אמר לו לא כשם שאתה סבור, אלא עשה אתה כשנברא העולם וכשנתחתם גופך כך עשה המשכן, וכך היה המשכן דומה לגופו של אדם ...And this is the reason why the mishkan resembles the world ...
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Why does the Torah say a woman has "sperm" or "seed"?

What a word in the Torah means is best determined not by the most frequently-used English translation of that word but by examining how that word is used in context in the Torah or possibly in ...
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Woman with 2 wombs in regards to pidyon haben

the mishna in bechoros states that a child born after a ceaserian birth does not require pidyon (this is codified as halcha). gemara explains that although he is considered the opener of the womb, he ...
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Eye contact with makom bris?

The Tamlud (Shabbat 118b) mentions 1 (or possibly 2) Tannaim who claimed to have never looked (הסתכל) at their "makom bris". This is presented as a rare act of extreme piety, and there is no technical ...
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How to deal with back pain

The most important thing that I would recommend is not leaning over sefarim for three sedarim. Sitting is the new smoking, as they say. Why not try standing up and using a shtender every so often? Or ...
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How does this list add up to 248 bones?

it seems that sometimes parts of one bone are counted separately (maybe because they are counted at a certain stage of development (from wikipedia "270 bones at birth, which decreases to 206 bones by ...
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Why not cover yourself when saying a b'racha in a Mikveh?

Interestingly enough the Shulchan Aruch in Yoreh De'ah and Remo both feel the same way you do. See סימן ר - אימתי תעשה ברכת הטבילה, ובו סעיף אחד where it says: א: כְּשֶׁפּוֹשֶׁטֶת מַלְבּוּשֶׁיהָ, ...
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How did Pinchas kill Zimri? (technically)

My understanding of that comment was always that the spear went straight through the middle of both Zimri and Cozbi dorsoventrally. Along that path, it would pierce first Zimri's internal organs, then ...
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Is writing on your body acceptable?

Although it's not clear what kind of writing you are asking about, I will assume you mean writing with a surface-level demarcation like a pen, marker, etc. without penetrating the skin. In that case, ...
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Any sources that the human body is a Menorah?

It seems that the Alshich suggests this as well, saying in fact that the ears represent the outer branches, the eyes represent the next 2 branches, then the nostrils, and finally the mouth. I saw ...
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Proper placement of Shel Yad

Quote for https://www.hasofer.com/html/tefillinposition.html: Lowest point for tefillin begins where the biceps muscle starts to elevate and is normally bulged. The tefillin must never pass below this ...
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May Jewish women have exposed arm between shoulder and elbow

do Jewish women have to cover their arms between their shoulder and elbow, or is it permissible for them to show skin there so long as the shoulder is completely covered? R. Yehuda Henkin analyzes ...
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What is the Luz Bone?

The luz bone is a small bone located towards the top of the spinal column. In Judaism it is taught that this is the bone that one is rebuilt from and resurrected in the End of Days. It is a matter ...
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What is the Luz Bone?

The Lubavitcher Rebbe in Reshimos V. 7 said that it's an argument between the Arizal and the Aruch: The Arizal (In Likkutei Torah to Shoftim (in Nach)) says that it's where the knot of the Tefillin ...
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Are women allowed to see another woman's private area?

Seeing another woman's private area is not technically prohibited - and bikini pictures even less. It is hard to source a negative but extensive research didn't uncover(!) sources forbidding it. ...
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Is tearing the hymen something that should be avoided

Rabbi Yitzḥak said: All of those women from the household of Rabbi Yehuda HaNasi who break their hymens are named Tamar by nickname.- Yevamot.34b see Rashi there it seems it might be positive behavior ...
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