1

What is meant by the term chasairah?1 There are two organs that render [an animal] trefe if it is lacking the proper number. They are the lungs and the feet.2

The lungs have five lobes. When a person will drape them over his hand with the inner portion of the lung facing his face,3 there will be three [lobes] on the right and two on the left. In addition, at the right of [the lung], there is a small ear-like attachment. It is not in the row of the lobes. It has a pocket of its own and it is located in the pocket. This [attachment] is called a rose, because that is what it looks like.4 It is not counted as one of the number of lobes.

Accordingly, if [an animal] does not possess this "rose," it is permitted.5 For this is the pattern with regard to [this organ], there are some animals in which it is found and some in which it is not found. If it is perforated, [the animal] is trefe even though its pocket seals it.6

א

חֲסֵרָה כֵּיצַד. שְׁנֵי אֵיבָרִים הֵן שֶׁאִם חָסֵר מִמִּנְיָנָם טְרֵפָה. וְאֵלּוּ הֵן. הָרֵאָה וְהָרַגְלַיִם. וְחָמֵשׁ אֻנּוֹת יֵשׁ לָרֵאָה כְּשֶׁיִּתְלֶה אוֹתָהּ אָדָם בְּיָדוֹ וּפְנֵי רֵאָה כְּנֶגֶד פָּנָיו. שָׁלֹשׁ מִן הַיָּמִין. וּשְׁתַּיִם מִן הַשְּׂמֹאל. וּבְצַד יָמִין מִמֶּנָּה כְּמוֹ אֹזֶן קְטַנָּה וְאֵינָהּ בְּצַד הָאֻנּוֹת וְיֵשׁ לָהּ כְּמוֹ כִּיס בִּפְנֵי עַצְמָהּ וְהִיא בְּתוֹךְ הַכִּיס. וְאֹזֶן זוֹ קְטַנָּה הִיא הַנִּקְרָא וַרְדָּא מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהִיא דּוֹמָה לְוֶרֶד וְאֵינָהּ מִן הַמִּנְיָן. לְפִיכָךְ אִם לֹא נִמְצֵאת הַוַּרְדָּא מֻתֶּרֶת. שֶׁכָּךְ הִיא דַּרְכָּהּ יֵשׁ בְּהֵמוֹת תִּמָּצֵא בָּהֶם וְיֵשׁ בְּהֵמוֹת לֹא תִּמָּצֵא בָּהֶם. וְאִם נִמְצֵאת נְקוּבָה אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהַכִּיס שֶׁלָּהּ סוֹתֵם אֶת הַנֶּקֶב הֲרֵי זוֹ טְרֵפָה:

2

If the number of lobes was lacking and one was discovered on the left side or two on the right side, [the animal] is trefe. If, however, there were two on the right side and this "rose," [the animal] is permitted.7

ב

חָסֵר מִנְיַן הָאֻנּוֹת וְנִמְצֵאת אַחַת מִן הַשְּׂמֹאל אוֹ שְׁתַּיִם מִן הַיָּמִין טְרֵפָה. וְאִם נִמְצְאוּ שְׁתַּיִם בְּיָמִין וְזֹאת הַוַּרְדָּא הֲרֵי זוֹ מֻתֶּרֶת:

3

If the position of the lobes was switched and three were found on the left and two on the right without a "rose" or the "rose" was found together with three on the left side, it is trefe, for it is lacking on the right side.8

ג

נִתְחַלְּפוּ הָאֻנּוֹת וְנִמְצְאוּ שָׁלֹשׁ מִן שְׂמֹאל וּשְׁתַּיִם מִן הַיָּמִין בְּלֹא וֶרֶד. אוֹ שֶׁהָיָה הַוֶּרֶד עִם הַשָּׁלֹשׁ בְּצַד שְׂמֹאל. הֲרֵי זוֹ טְרֵפָה שֶׁהִיא חֲסֵרָה מִצַּד הַיָּמִין:

4

[The following rules apply if] the number of lobes was increased. If the extra lobe was on the side of the [other] lobes9 or in front of the lungs10on the side of the heart, [the animal] is permitted. If [the extra lobe] is on its back, near the ribs, [the animal] is trefe for an extra [organ] is considered equivalent to one that is lacking. [This applies] provided it is [at least] the size of a myrtle leaf.11 If it is smaller than this, it is not considered as a lobe and [the animal] is permitted.

ד

נִתְוַסְּפוּ הָאֻנּוֹת בְּמִנְיָנָם אִם הָיְתָה הָאֹזֶן הַיְתֵרָה בְּצַד הָאֻנּוֹת אוֹ מִלִּפְנֵי הָרֵאָה שֶׁהוּא לְעֻמַּת הַלֵּב מֻתֶּרֶת. וְאִם הָיְתָה עַל גַּבָּהּ שֶׁהוּא לְעֻמַּת הַצְּלָעוֹת הֲרֵי זוֹ טְרֵפָה שֶׁהַיָּתֵר כְּחָסֵר. וְהוּא שֶׁתִּהְיֶה כְּמוֹ עָלֶה שֶׁל הֲדַס. אֲבָל פָּחוֹת מִזֶּה אֵינָהּ אֹזֶן וּמֻתֶּרֶת:

5

When one lobe is found clinging to the one next to it, [the animal] is permitted. If, however, [the lobes] became attached out of the ordinary order, e.g., the first lobe became attached to the third, [the animal] is trefe.12

ה

אֹזֶן שֶׁנִּמְצֵאת דְּבוּקָה בַּחֲבֶרְתָּהּ הַסְּמוּכָה לָהּ מֻתֶּרֶת. וְאִם נִסְמְכוּ שֶׁלֹּא עַל הַסֵּדֶר כְּגוֹן שֶׁנִּסְמְכָה רִאשׁוֹנָה לַשְּׁלִישִׁית טְרֵפָה:

6

[The following laws apply if] there are two lobes [that appear] as one lobe and do not appear as two lobes joined together.13 If there was a space about the size of a myrtle leaf14 between them - whether at their root, in their center, or at their end - so that it is clear that they are two which are attached, [the animal] is permitted. If not, it is lacking [one of the lobes] and is trefe.

ו

נִמְצְאוּ שְׁתֵּי הָאֻנּוֹת כְּאֻנָּה אַחַת וְאֵינָן נִרְאוֹת כִּשְׁתַּיִם דְּבוּקוֹת אִם הָיָה בֵּינֵיהֶן כְּמוֹ עֲלֵה הַהֲדַס בֵּין בְּעִקָּרָן בֵּין בְּאֶמְצָעָן בֵּין בְּסוֹפָן כְּדֵי שֶׁיֻּכַּר שֶׁהֵן שְׁתַּיִם דְּבוּקוֹת מֻתֶּרֶת וְאִם לָאו הֲרֵי זוֹ חֲסֵרָה וּטְרֵפָה:

7

If the entire lung appears like two rows and it is not divided into lobes, it is trefe. Similarly, if the body of the lung itself15 was lacking, even if it was not perforated, it is considered as if the required number of lobes were missing and [the animal] is trefe.16 Therefore if a dried portion that could be chipped away with one's nail of even the slightest size was discovered within it, it is considered as lacking17 and [the animal] is trefe.

ז

נִמְצֵאת כֻּלָּהּ שְׁתֵּי עֲרוּגוֹת וְאֵין לָהּ חִתּוּךְ אָזְנַיִם טְרֵפָה. וְכֵן אִם חָסֵר גּוּף הָרֵאָה אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁלֹּא נִקְּבָה הֲרֵי זוֹ כְּמִי שֶׁחָסֵר מִנְיַן הָאֻנּוֹת וּטְרֵפָה. לְפִיכָךְ אִם נִמְצָא מִמֶּנָּה מָקוֹם יָבֵשׁ עַד שֶׁיִּפָּרֵךְ בְּצִפֹּרֶן הֲרֵי זוֹ כְּחָסֵר וּטְרֵפָה וַאֲפִלּוּ הָיָה כָּל שֶׁהוּא:

8

When a lung was discovered to be inflated like the leaves of a palm tree, we rule that it is forbidden because of the doubt involved. For this is an abnormal addition to its body and perhaps an addition to its body is considered as equivalent to a lack in its body, as stated with regard to the number of lobes.18

ח

רֵאָה שֶׁנִּמְצֵאת נְפוּחָה כְּמוֹ עִקַּר חֲרָיוֹת שֶׁל דֶּקֶל אוֹסְרִין אוֹתָהּ מִסָּפֵק. שֶׁזּוֹ תּוֹסֶפֶת מְשֻׁנָּה בְּגוּפָהּ וְשֶׁמָּא הַתּוֹסֶפֶת בַּגּוּף כְּחִסָּרוֹן כְּמוֹ שֶׁאָמַר בְּמִנְיָן:

9

[The following rules apply when] an animal became frightened and was terrified to the extent that her lung19 shriveled and came closer to becoming dried out: If it became frightened through the hand of heaven, e.g., it heard a thunderclap, saw lightening, or the like, it is permitted.20 If it became frightened through human activity, e.g., another animal was slaughtered in its presence or the like, it is considered as if it were lacking and it is trefe.

ט

הַבְּהֵמָה שֶׁפָּחֲדָה וְיָרְאָה עַד שֶׁצָּמְקָה הָרֵאָה שֶׁלָּהּ וְקָרְבָה לִהְיוֹת יְבֵשָׁה. אִם פָּחֲדָה בִּידֵי שָׁמַיִם כְּגוֹן שֶׁשָּׁמְעָה קוֹל רַעַם אוֹ רָאֲתָה זִקִּים וְכַיּוֹצֵא בָּזֶה מֻתֶּרֶת. וְאִם פָּחֲדָה בִּידֵי אָדָם כְּגוֹן שֶׁשָּׁחֲטוּ לְפָנֶיהָ בְּהֵמָה אַחֶרֶת וְכַיּוֹצֵא בָּזֶה הֲרֵי זוֹ כַּחֲסֵרָה וּטְרֵפָה:

10

How do we inspect it? We place the lung in water for an entire day. In the winter, we place it in lukewarm water, in a container which will not cause the water to condense on its back21 and flow so that they will not become cold rapidly. If the season was hot, we place it in cold water in a container on which the water will condense on its back so that the water will remain cold. If [the lung] returns to its natural state, [we assume that the animal was frightened] by the hand of heaven and it is permitted.22 If it does not return, we [we assume that] it happened due to mortal causes and [the animal] is trefe.

י

כֵּיצַד בּוֹדְקִין אוֹתָהּ. מוֹשִׁיבִין אֶת הָרֵאָה בְּמַיִם מֵעֵת לְעֵת. וְאִם הָיָה זְמַן הַקֹּר מוֹשִׁיבִין אוֹתָהּ בְּמַיִם פּוֹשְׁרִין וּבִכְלִי שֶׁאֵין הַמַּיִם מִתְמַצִּין מִגַּבּוֹ וְנֹזְלִים כְּדֵי שֶׁלֹּא יִצֹּנּוּ בִּמְהֵרָה. וְאִם הָיָה זְמַן הַחֹם מוֹשִׁיבִין אוֹתָהּ בְּמַיִם צוֹנֵן בִּכְלִי שֶׁהַמַּיִם מִתְמַצִּין מִגַּבּוֹ כְּדֵי שֶׁיִּשָּׁאֲרוּ קָרִים. אִם חָזְרָה לִבְרִיָּתָהּ הֲרֵי זוֹ בִּידֵי שָׁמַיִם וּמֻתֶּרֶת. וְאִם לֹא חָזְרָה בִּידֵי אָדָם הִיא וּטְרֵפָה:

11

An animal that was lacking a foot23 from the time it came into being is trefe. The same ruling applies if it possesses an extra foot, for an extra limb or organ is considered as if it was lacking. If, however, it has three forefeet or only one forefoot, [the animal] is permitted. Accordingly, if [an animal's] forefoot is cut off, [the animal] is permitted.24

If its leg is cut off from the joint and above,25 [the animal] is trefe. From the joint and below, it is permitted.26 Which joint are we speaking about? The joint that is at the end of the hip close to the body.

יא

בְּהֵמָה שֶׁהָיְתָה חֲסֵרָה רֶגֶל בִּתְחִלַּת בְּרִיָּתָהּ טְרֵפָה. וְכֵן אִם הָיְתָה יְתֵרָה רֶגֶל. שֶׁכָּל הַיָּתֵר כְּחָסֵר הוּא. אֲבָל אִם הָיוּ לָהּ שָׁלֹשׁ יָדַיִם אוֹ יד אַחַת מֻתֶּרֶת. לְפִיכָךְ אִם נֶחְתַּךְ הַיָּד שֶׁלָּהּ מֻתֶּרֶת. נֶחְתַּךְ הָרֶגֶל מִן הָאַרְכֻּבָּה וּלְמַעְלָה טְרֵפָה. מִן הָאַרְכֻּבָּה וּלְמַטָּה מֻתֶּרֶת. בְּאֵי זוֹ אַרְכֻּבָּה אָמְרוּ בְּאַרְכֻּבָּה שֶׁהוּא סוֹף הַיָּרֵךְ הַסָּמוּךְ לַגּוּף:

12

When the bone27 is broken above the joint, if it emerges outward entirely or in its majority, it is considered as if it were cut and fell off,28 and [the animal] is trefe. If the flesh or the skin29 was covering both the majority of the thickness and the majority of the circumference of the broken bone, [the animal] is permitted.30 This applies even if part of the broken bone fell off and no longer is present. Soft sinews are not considered as flesh.

יב

נִשְׁבַּר הָעֶצֶם לְמַעְלָה מִן הָאַרְכֻּבָּה אִם יָצָא כֻּלּוֹ אוֹ רֻבּוֹ לַחוּץ הֲרֵי זֶה כְּמָה שֶׁנֶּחְתַּךְ וְנָפַל וּטְרֵפָה. וְאִם הָיָה הַבָּשָׂר אוֹ הָעוֹר חוֹפֶה רֹב עָבְיוֹ וְרֹב הֶקֵּפוֹ שֶׁל עֶצֶם שֶׁנִּשְׁבַּר הֲרֵי זוֹ מֻתֶּרֶת וַאֲפִלּוּ נָפַל מִקְצָת הָעֶצֶם שֶׁנִּשְׁבַּר וְהָלַךְ לוֹ. וְגִידִים הָרַכִּים אֵינָן חֲשׁוּבִין כְּבָשָׂר:

13

The juncture of the sinews is a place in an animal and in a beast which is above the heel, at the place where the butchers hang the animal.31 There are three white sinews there, one thick and two thin. From the place where they begin and are firm and white until [the place] where the whiteness is removed from them and they begin to become red and soften is considered the juncture of the sinews. It is approximately sixteen fingerbreadths32 [long] in an ox.

יג

צֹמֶת הַגִּידִין הֵן בִּבְהֵמָה וּבְחַיָּה לְמַעְלָה מִן הֶעָקֵב בְּמָקוֹם שֶׁתּוֹלִין בּוֹ הַטַּבָּחִים הַבְּהֵמָה. וְהֵן שְׁלֹשָׁה גִּידִין לְבָנִים. אֶחָד עָבֶה וּשְׁנַיִם דַּקִּים. וּמִמָּקוֹם שֶׁיַּתְחִיל וְהֵן קָשִׁים וּלְבָנִים עַד שֶׁיָּסוּר הַלֹּבֶן מֵהֶן וְיַתְחִילוּ לְהִתְאַדֵּם וּלְהִתְרַכֵּךְ הוּא צֹמֶת הַגִּידִים. וְהוּא כְּאֹרֶךְ שֵׁשׁ עֶשְׂרֵה אֶצְבָּעוֹת בְּשׁוֹר:

14

In a fowl, there are sixteen such sinews. They begin on the lowest bone, from the extra talon and [continue] until the conclusion of the foot which is [covered by a series of] crusted scales.33

יד

וּמִנְיַן גִּידִים אֵלּוּ בָּעוֹף שִׁשָּׁה עָשָׂר גִּידִין. תְּחִלָּתָן מִן הָעֶצֶם שֶׁל מַטָּה מֵאֶצְבַּע יְתֵרָה עַד סוֹף הָרֶגֶל שֶׁהוּא עָשׂוּי קַשְׂקַשִּׂים קַשְׂקַשִּׂים:

15

When an animal's feet are cut off at the juncture of the sinews, it is trefe. Do not be amazed and say: "How is it possible that [an animal] will be permitted if its [legs] are cut off above the juncture of the sinews - indeed, it is permitted unless its [legs] are cut off above the highest joint as we explained34- but forbidden if they are cut off at a lower point, at the juncture of the sinews?

[The resolution is as follows: With regard to the designation of an animal] as trefe, [there are times when] one will cut from this point and it will live, but if [one would cut] from this point, it would die. We have not forbidden this animal, because its feet were cut off at a particular point,35 but rather because its sinews were severed36 and this renders it trefe, as will be explained.37

טו

בְּהֵמָה שֶׁנֶּחְתְּכוּ רַגְלֶיהָ בִּמְקוֹם צֹמֶת הַגִּידִין טְרֵפָה. וְאַל תִּתְמַהּ וְתֹאמַר כֵּיצַד תַּחְתֹּךְ לְמַעְלָה מִצֹּמֶת הַגִּידִים וְהִיא מֻתֶּרֶת עַד שֶׁתַּחְתֹּךְ לְמַעְלָה מִן הָאַרְכֻּבָּה הָעֶלְיוֹנָה כְּמוֹ שֶׁבֵּאַרְנוּ וְאִם נֶחְתַּךְ לְמַטָּה מִצֹּמֶת הַגִּידִים אֲסוּרָה. שֶׁבִּטְרֵפוֹת תַּחְתֹּךְ מִכָּאן וְתִחְיֶה וּמִכָּאן וְתָמוּת. וְלֹא נֶאֶסְרָה בְּהֵמָה זוֹ מִפְּנֵי שֶׁהִיא חֲתוּכַת רֶגֶל מִמָּקוֹם זֶה אֶלָּא מִפְּנֵי שֶׁנֶּחְתְּכוּ הַגִּידִין שֶׁחֲתִיכָתָן מִכְּלַל הַטְּרֵפוֹת כְּמוֹ שֶׁיִּתְבָּאֵר:

16

What is meant by the term Netulah?38 There are three limbs and organs which even though they do not [cause an animal to be deemed trefe] when they are perforated or if they are lacking [when the animal is born],39 cause the animal to be deemed trefe. They are: the juncture of the sinews,40 the liver, and the upper jaw-bone.

טז

נְטוּלָה כֵּיצַד. שְׁלֹשָׁה אֵיבָרִים הֵן שֶׁאִם נִטְּלוּ טְרֵפָה וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵין בָּהֶן דִּין נֶקֶב וְלֹא דִּין חֶסְרוֹן. וְאֵלּוּ הֵן. צֹמֶת הַגִּידִים. וְהַכָּבֵד. וּלְחִי הָעֶלְיוֹן:

17

We already explained41 that when an animal or a fowl has had its legs cut off at the place of the juncture of the sinews, it is deemed trefe only because the sinews were cut.42 Therefore if the sinews alone were severed even though the foot remains intact, the animal is trefe, because the juncture of the sinews has been removed.

יז

וּכְבָר בֵּאַרְנוּ שֶׁהַבְּהֵמָה שֶׁנֶּחְתַּךְ רַגְלָהּ וְכֵן הָעוֹף בִּמְקוֹם צֹמֶת הַגִּידִים לֹא נַעֲשׂוּ טְרֵפָה אֶלָּא מִפְּנֵי שֶׁנֶּחְתְּכוּ הַגִּידִין. לְפִיכָךְ אִם נֶחְתְּכוּ הַגִּידִים לְבַדָּם וְהָרֶגֶל קַיֶּמֶת טְרֵפָה שֶׁהֲרֵי נִטְּלָה צֹמֶת הַגִּידִים:

18

In an animal, if the thick sinew alone was severed, [the animal] is permitted, for the two [thin] ones remained. If both thin ones were severed, [the animal] is permitted, for the one thick one is larger than both of them. [In both cases,] the entire juncture was not removed, only its smaller portion.43 If the majority of each of them was severed, [the animal] is trefe. Needless to say, this applies if they were all severed or removed.

יח

נֶחְתַּךְ בִּבְהֵמָה הָאֶחָד הֶעָבֶה לְבַדּוֹ מֻתֶּרֶת. שֶׁהֲרֵי נִשְׁאֲרוּ שְׁנַיִם. נֶחְתְּכוּ הַשְּׁנַיִם הַדַּקִּין מֻתֶּרֶת שֶׁהֲרֵי הָאֶחָד הֶעָבֶה גְּדוֹל שְׁנֵיהֶן וַהֲרֵי לֹא נִטַּל כָּל הַצֹּמֶת אֶלָּא מִעוּטָהּ. נֶחְתַּךְ רֻבּוֹ שֶׁל כָּל אֶחָד מֵהֶן טְרֵפָה. וְאֵין צָרִיךְ לוֹמַר שֶׁנֶּחְתְּכוּ כֻּלָּן אוֹ נִטְּלוּ כֻּלָּן:

19

With regard to a fowl, even if the majority of one of the sixteen were severed, [the animal] is trefe.44

יט

וּבָעוֹף אֲפִלּוּ נֶחְתַּךְ רֻבּוֹ שֶׁל (כָּל) אֶחָד מִן הַשִּׁשָּׁה עָשָׂר טְרֵפָה:

20

When a fowl's wings are broken, it is permitted like an animal whose forelegs have been cut off.45

כ

וְעוֹף שֶׁנִּשְׁתַּבְּרוּ אֲגַפָּיו מֻתָּר כִּבְהֵמָה שֶׁנֶּחְתְּכוּ יָדֶיהָ:

21

When the entire liver has been removed, [the animal] is trefe. If an olive-sized portion remains at the place from which it is suspended46 and there is an olive-sized portion at the place of the gall-bladder, it is permitted.47

If the liver slipped from its place and it is [in disarray,] connected with the diaphragm, [the animal] is permitted.48 If the place from which it is suspended and the portion at the place of the gall-bladder were removed, it is trefe49 even if the remainder is intact as it was previously.

כא

כָּבֵד שֶׁנִּטְּלָה כֻּלָּהּ טְרֵפָה. וְאִם נִשְׁתַּיֵּר מִמֶּנָּה כְּזַיִת בְּמָקוֹם שֶׁהִיא תְּלוּיָה בּוֹ וּכְזַיִת בִּמְקוֹם מָרָה הֲרֵי זוֹ מֻתֶּרֶת. נִדַּלְדְּלָה הַכָּבֵד וַהֲרֵי הִיא מְעֹרָה בַּטַּרְפַּשׁ שֶׁלָּהּ מֻתֶּרֶת. נִטַּל מִמֶּנָּה מָקוֹם שֶׁהִיא תְּלוּיָה בּוֹ וּמְקוֹם הַמָּרָה וְאַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהַשְּׁאָר קַיָּם כְּמוֹ שֶׁהוּא טְרֵפָה:

22

If there remained an olive-sized portion at the place of the gall-bladder and an olive-sized portion at the place from which it was suspended, [the animal] is kosher. If, however, the portions of the liver which remain intact were scattered, some here and some there, flattened, or elongated like a strap, there is a doubt concerning its status. It appears to me that it is forbidden.50

כב

נִשְׁאַר בָּהּ כְּזַיִת בִּמְקוֹם מָרָה וּכְזַיִת בְּמָקוֹם שֶׁהִיא תְּלוּיָה בּוֹ כְּשֵׁרָה. אֲבָל הָיָה מְפֻזָּר מְעַט בְּכָאן וּמְעַט בְּכָאן אוֹ שֶׁהָיָה מְרֻדָּד אוֹ שֶׁהָיָה אָרֹךְ כִּרְצוּעָה הֲרֵי זוֹ סָפֵק וְיֵרָאֶה לִי שֶׁהִיא אֲסוּרָה:

23

When the upper jaw-bone is removed, [the animal] is trefe.51 If, however, the lower jaw-bone is removed,52 i.e., it was cut away until the place of the gullet and the windpipe, but they were not uprooted [from their connection to the throat, the animal] is permitted.

כג

לְחִי הָעֶלְיוֹן שֶׁנִּטַּל טְרֵפָה. אֲבָל אִם נִטַּל הַתַּחְתּוֹן כְּגוֹן שֶׁנִּגְמַם עַד מְקוֹם הַסִּימָנִין וְלֹא נֶעֶקְרוּ הֲרֵי זוֹ מֻתֶּרֶת:

24

Whenever it is said that an animal is trefe if a limb or organ is lacking,53 so, too, it is trefe if that organ is removed.54 If, however, it is said that an animal is trefe if an organ is removed, [the animal] is not forbidden unless that organ was cut off. If, however, the animal was created lacking that organ, it is permitted. For if not, the categories of chasairah and netulah would be identical.55 Whenever it is said that [an animal] is permitted if a limb is removed, it is certainly permitted56 if this organ was lacking from the beginning of the animal's existence and was never created.

כד

כָּל אֵיבָר שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר בּוֹ שֶׁאִם הָיָה חָסֵר טְרֵפָה כָּךְ אִם נִטַּל טְרֵפָה. אֲבָל אֵיבָר שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר בּוֹ אִם נִטַּל טְרֵפָה אֵינָהּ נֶאֱסֶרֶת אֶלָּא אִם נֶחְתַּךְ אוֹתוֹ אֵיבָר. אֲבָל אִם נִבְרֵאת חֲסֵרָה אוֹתוֹ אֵיבָר הֲרֵי זוֹ מֻתֶּרֶת. שֶׁאִם לֹא תֹּאמַר כֵּן נִמְצֵאת הַחֲסֵרָה וְהַנְּטוּלָה אַחַת. וְכָל אֵיבָר שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר בּוֹ שֶׁאִם נִטַּל מֻתֶּרֶת קַל וָחֹמֶר אִם חָסֵר מִתְּחִלַּת בְּרִיָּתָהּ וְלֹא נִבְרָא שֶׁהִיא מֻתֶּרֶת:

25

When the uterus of an animal, i.e., its womb, was removed or its kidneys were removed,57 it is permitted. Therefore if it was created with only one kidney or with three kidneys58 it is permitted.59 Similarly, it is permitted if a kidney was perforated.

כה

בְּהֵמָה שֶׁנִּטְּלָה הָאֵם שֶׁלָּהּ וְהוּא בֵּית הָרֶחֶם אוֹ שֶׁנִּטְּלוּ הַכְּלָיוֹת הֲרֵי זוֹ מֻתֶּרֶת. לְפִיכָךְ אִם נִבְרֵאת בְּכוּלְיָא אַחַת אוֹ בְּשָׁלֹשׁ כְּלָיוֹת מֻתֶּרֶת. וְכֵן אִם נִקְּבָה הַכּוּלְיָא מֻתֶּרֶת:

26

Although [an animal] is permitted despite the fact that a kidney was removed or it was created without it, if its kidney is extremely undersized, it is trefe.60 For a small animal, this means the size of a bean, for a large one, the size of a grape.61 Similarly, if a kidney became afflicted, i.e., its flesh became like the flesh of a dead [animal] that decayed after several days. Thus if one would take hold of a portion of it, it will decompose and fall apart. If this condition reached the white portion62 in the kidney, the animal is trefe. Similarly, if moisture - even if it is not putrid - is found in the kidney or murky or putrid fluid is found there, it is trefe. If, however, clear water is found there,63 [the animal] is permitted.

כו

אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁהַכּוּלְיָא שֶׁנִּטְּלָה אוֹ חֲסֵרָה מֻתֶּרֶת אִם נִמְצֵאת קְטַנָּה בְּיוֹתֵר. וְהַקְּטַנָּה בְּדָקָה עַד כְּפוֹל וּבְגַסָּה עַד כְּעֵנָב. טְרֵפָה. וְכֵן אִם לָקְתָה הַכּוּלְיָא וְהוּא שֶׁיֵּעָשֶׂה בְּשָׂרָהּ כִּבְשַׂר הַמֵּת שֶׁהִבְאִישׁ אַחַר יָמִים שֶׁאִם תֶּאֱחֹז בְּמִקְצָתוֹ יִתְמַסְמֵס וְיִפּל וְהִגִּיעַ חלִי זֶה עַד הַלָּבָן שֶׁבְּתוֹךְ הַכּוּלְיָא הֲרֵי זוֹ טְרֵפָה. וְכֵן אִם נִמְצֵאת בַּכּוּלְיָא לֵחָה אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵינָהּ סְרוּחָה אוֹ שֶׁנִּמְצָא בָּהּ מַיִם עֲכוּרִין אוֹ סְרוּחִים הֲרֵי זוֹ טְרֵפָה. אֲבָל אִם נִמְצְאוּ בָּהּ מַיִם זַכִּים הֲרֵי זוֹ מֻתֶּרֶת: