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Negative Commandment 144, 108

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Negative Commandment 144 (Digest)
Proper Consumption of the Firstborn Sacrifice

"You may not eat within your gates...and the firstborn of your cattle"Deuteronomy 12:17.

It is forbidden for a priest to eat an unblemished firstborn animal outside of Jerusalem. In addition, it is forbidden for a non-priest to eat of a non-blemished firstborn animal, regardless of the location.

Negative Commandment 108 (Digest)
Redeeming Firstborn Animals

"But the firstborn of an ox, the firstborn of a sheep, or the firstborn of a goat you shall not redeem; they are holy"Numbers 18:17.

It is forbidden to "redeem" a firstborn animal [i.e. exchange it for another animal or money that would be used to purchase another animal for sacrifice. Rather, it itself must be offered as a sacrifice].

It is, however, permitted to sell [a blemished] firstborn animal.


Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
This is why the Torah is likened to water: just as water descends from a high place to a low place, so does the Torah descend from its place of glory, which is the will and wisdom of G-d, {where) the Torah and the holy One, Blessed Be He are one and no mind can grasp Him at all; and from there it journeys and descends through hidden stages, level after level, until it becomes enclothed in material things and matters of this world, which is [the subject] of virtually all the Torah's commandments
  –Tanya, chapter 4
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