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Therefore we can deduce from the malach’s question to Bilam – “Why have you hit your donkey three times?” – that when one is not acting in accordance with Hashem’s ratzon, he will have no authority over animals and thus will not be allowed to inflict tza’ar on them.

The Ohr Sameach (Hilchos Shabbos 25:26) explains the Yerushalmi that riding on an animal on Shabbos is a violation of tza’ar ba’alei chaim. This is because once this is not permitted it now also becomes prohibited to ride on the animal as a result of tza’ar ba’alei chaim.

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Rabbi Fuchs learned in Yeshivas Toras Moshe, where he became a close talmid of Rav Michel Shurkin, shlit”a. While he was there he received semicha from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg, shlit”a. He then learned in Mirrer Yeshiva in Brooklyn, and became a close talmid of Rav Shmuel Berenbaum, zt”l. Rabbi Fuchs received semicha from the Mirrer Yeshiva as well. After Rav Shmuel’s petira Rabbi Fuchs learned in Bais Hatalmud Kollel for six years. He is currently a Shoel Umaishiv in Yeshivas Beis Meir in Lakewood, and a Torah editor and weekly columnist at The Jewish Press.
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