Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mitzvah #160 - Redeeming a firstborn Kosher animal

It is forbidden to redeem a firstborn male Kosher animal.

It has to be given to a Cohen, who may sell it, but the buyer has to continue treating it with all the laws of a firstborn.

If the firstborn is blemished permanently, it may be sold live or slaughtered, but not in the meat market.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "but the first born ox... shall not be redeemed" (Bemidbar 18:17)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 109

- Danny
Wednesday, 20 Sivan 5770

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