Thursday, June 3, 2010

Mitzvah #161 - First shearing is given to the Cohen

If one shears 5 or more sheep and the wool of each sheep is at least 12 Sela (about 170 gram or 6 oz.) then one gives 1/60th of the total to a Cohen.

This gift - known as Reishith haGez - has no sanctity and the Cohen can do with it whatever he wants.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always according to some opinions, while others are lenient and say it does not apply nowadays.

Verse: "..and the first shearing shall be given to him" (Devarim 18:4)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 52

Shabbat Shalom

- Danny
Thursday, 21 Sivan 5770

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