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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
And G‑d smelled the sweet savor; and G‑d said in His heart: I will not again curse the earth any more because of man, for the impulse of man’s heart is evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.
  –Genesis 8:21
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