חולין - Chullin

Chullin 4b~ Circumcision, Shechita, and Hemophilia A

A person with a bleeding disorder can be a schochet. Just don’t cut yourself.

Chullin 10a ~ On the Safety of Drinking Snake Venom

It’s safe. But stupid.

Chullin 22b ~ Yellow Pigeons, Folk Medicine and Hepatitis

Why pigeons are still used to cure hepatitis. Spoiler: It doesn’t work.

Chullin 42a ~ Halachic Reality and Anatomic Reality: the Case of the Treif Animal

Scientific reality ≠ halachic reality.

Chullin 47b ~ Red Babies, Green Babies, and other Neonatal Colors

Erythema neonatorum, neonatal cyanosis, and more on circumcision.

Chullin 57b ~ Ants, Rabbi Shimon ben Chalafta, and the Scientific Method

Experiment and observation. And the structure of ant colonies.

Chullin 62b ~ How do Pigeons Drink?

And why they suck.

Chullin 66a ~ Do Swordfish have Scales (and are they Kosher)?

Yes. And yes.

Chullin 87b ~ Talmudic Hematology

On the components of blood. Read and donate.

Chullin 105b ~ The Healing Effects of Alcohol

But please drink sensibly.

Chullin 104b ~ Mordechai, Plagiarism, and the Lips of the Dead

Citation, plagiarism, and a bit on Purim.

Chullin 113b~ Gender Fluidity, Male Lactation and Mordechai

Males that produce milk. And how Mordechai nursed Esther.

Chullin 121b ~ Shechita, Pain and and Modern Sensibilities

How we measure pain in animals. And how can we reduce it?

Chullin 127a ~ The Fireproof Salamander

Actually they aren’t. But here’s why they were thought to be.

Chullin 127a ~ Spontaneous Generation

The rabbis believed it happened. So did everyone.

Chullin 134b ~ The Right. Always to the Right

Why Judaism is a right handed religion. Just like Muslims, Christians, and Hindus.