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Two Headed Creatures


Yud Gimmel Tammuz, 5777

Testimonies in Torah   

Installment 4 of 5

In the last issue, we learned about the descendants of Kayin, two-headed people who live in the subterraneous world known as arka. Let us now continue and see if there are any recorded instances in Chazal and other sefarim of two-headed people who lived in our world.

The first recorded instance of such a person is mentioned in Gemara (Menachos 37a). The Gemara states as follows:

A sage named Plimu once asked Rebbi: "If someone possesses two heads, upon which one does he lay tefillin?" Thinking he was making fun of him, Rebbi responded: "Either get up and go into exile, or accept a niduy!" As they were talking, a person entered the room. "I would like to ask a halachic question," he began. "My wife just gave birth to a firstborn boy with two heads. How many sela'im must I give the Kohen, five or ten?"

The Ralbag's father, R. Gershon ben Shlomo, records an account as told by the Muslim scholar Ibn Sina (Shaar Hashamayim Ch. 8):

An Arabian woman once gave birth to twin girls. Both possessed a complete body, with a head, hands, and feet, but their bodies were attached at the hip.

When they grew older, one of the women wanted to get married. The other, however, did not want to do so.

Together, they came to the judge. The judge asked them to sit down, and then he asked the second sister to stand up. Slowly and with much effort, she stood up, while her sister remained stationary.

Next, the judge asked the first sister-the one who wanted to get married-to stand up. Unlike her twin, she stood up immediately, forcing her sister to move as well.

"I rule that you may marry," the judge stated. "It is obvious that you are the main person, and your sister is subordinate to you."

In his commentary to the above-mentioned Gemara, the Ben Ish Chai writes (Ben Yehoyada to Menachos 37a):

Here in Bagdad, a woman once gave birth to a child with two heads, but she was too embarrassed to show him to others. She brought him to a European doctor; however, three days later, the child died.

Although I myself did not see him, I was told about it by the woman's relatives who saw him. I also asked the midwife directly, and someone else asked the doctor on my behalf, and they both verified it.

If such a phenomenon does exist, why did Rebbi react angrily to Plimu's question? The Ben Ish Chai offers two answers. One reason is because he had asked a question about an uncommon scenario. Alternatively, although such a person can exist, Rebbi supposed he will not survive to the age of thirteen, when he is obligated to don tefillin.

In the next and final installment, let's explore some of the halachic questions (in addition to tefillin and pidyon haben) that have been raised regarding a person with two heads.

To be continued, bli neder...