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1) DOES AN ANIMAL "CARRY ITSELF?"
QUESTION: There is a dispute between Rebbi Nasan and the Rabanan whether an animal or bird "carries itself" ("Nosei Es Atzmo") when it is being carried by a person or another animal. Rebbi Nasan maintains that an animal is Nosei Es Atzmo, and the Rabanan say that it does not, because it stiffens itself when being carried and weighs itself down. Rebbi Yochanan says that Ben Beseira agrees with Rebbi Nasan, that an animal is Nosei Es Atzmo. Ben Beseira stated that one may sell a horse to a gentile on Friday before Shabbos, because there is no fear that the horse will do Melachah when Shabbos enters while still owned by the Jew, because the horse is a bird-carrier and carrying animals is not a Melachah since "Chai Nosei Es Atzmo."
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