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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Cyborgian Phylacteries

When it comes to wearing Tefillin the issues seem to be rather straight forward a righty wears it on his left hand and vice versa. But what if specialized interchangeable arms are made. These could lead to some major problems. For example what if you own a right arm which is your naturally stronger one and a artificial muscle bound left hand. Or for example suppose you own multiple arms which all can go on your right hand. Would we say you go by the hand you write with and you must put on your writing hand and put the Tefillin on the other hand. Or do we say that we go with the hand which is overall stronger and therefore you should wear Tefillin on a specialized arm. Then what about Tachanun and leaning on Pesach. Leaning on Pesach can be an issue because there are two reasons for leaning to the left. 1. To avoid choking 2. It's easier for a righty to eat leaning right. However if your left hand has a sporife (spoon, fork, knife) attachment to it then reason number two goes out the window. Also once we have interchangeable hands we'll probably have solved the problem of choking so it seems that you should lean to the right in that situation.

5 Comments:

Blogger Nemo said...

Brilliant Blog. We're going to be asking ourselves these questions in just a few more years!

BTW, I'm pretty sure that we always put Teffilin on the left arm when there's any doubt. However, if the arms are "artificial", one wouldn't have the Mitzva of putting Teffilin at all. And if your head is artificial... I'll let you think about that one!

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