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Menachem Mendel Simon

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Two Headed Creatures


Chof Zayin Tammuz, 5777

Which Head Does Mitzvos? 

Installment 5 of 5

In this final installment, we will explore, with Hashem's help, some of the halachic questions that have been raised regarding a person with two heads.

As mentioned in the last installment, the Gemara (Menachos 37a) records a case where a father came to the chachomim with a halachic question. "My wife just gave birth to a two-headed firstborn boy," he asked. "How many shekalim must I give the Kohen, five or ten?"

The Gemara continues by citing a beraysa that says he must give the Kohen ten shekalim. In a regular case of twins, Rashi explains, the father gives the Kohen just five shekalim, because only one of the twins is the true firstborn; it is impossible that they were both born at the exact same moment. However, in this case, since the twins possess a single body, they were both born at the same moment and are both the true firstborn.

One can argue that since they share a single body, perhaps five shekalim should be enough to redeem both of them. The Gemara explains that this is not the case. Regarding the redemption of the firstborn, the Torah clearly states that "You shall take five shekalim for each head" (Bamidbar 3:47). To redeem a firstborn with two heads, ten shekalim is required.

The Gemara also records a question raised by the sage Plimu: "If someone possesses two heads, upon which one does he lay tefillin?" The Gemara does not offer an answer, presumably because it is assumed such a person will not survive to the age of thirteen.

What is the din if such a boy is born to Jewish parents and does, indeed, reach the age of bar mitzvah?

R. Chaim Elazar Schapiro, the Munkatcher Rebbe, addresses a similar question in his work Os Chaim Veshalom (27:9 sec. 13). He recalls a pair of nine-year-old gentile twins he had seen as a child in Vienna, who were split from the waist and above (each possessing a head, a set of hands, and a heart), and joined from the waist and below (together possessing a single set of legs). Such twins are to be viewed as two distinct individuals, says R. Schapiro, and if such children would be born to Jewish parents, they would each be required to don tefillin on their head and left arm.

It is unclear, however, what the din would be if the twins shared one body and a single set of hands, and are only split from the shoulders and above, possessing two heads. Are they regarded as a single entity, and only one head must don tefillin? If yes, which one? And if tefillin must be worn on both heads, must tefillin similarly be donned on both hands? If not, on which one should it be placed?

May all these questions remain theoretical, and may all Jewish children be born healthy and complete!