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Daily Mitzvah, Day 142: Redeeming Firstborn Sons & Firstborn Donkeys

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Daily Mitzvah, Day 142: Redeeming Firstborn Sons & Firstborn Donkeys

Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 142 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
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Renea Long Louisiana January 18, 2021

Why a donkey? Was it that the donkey represented all animals? What was the significance of a donkey? Reply

Rabbi EK for January 19, 2021
in response to Renea Long:

See the following essay.

Rambam in the Guide to the Perplexed notes that donkeys were highly domesticated animals that most people owned. Think of a car today. And the reason for this Mitzvah is to cultivate our giving muscle so that we remember G-d, and that our earnings are all from Him. Reply

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan studies the daily lesson in Maimonides' Sefer HaMitzvos according to the daily study cycle completing all 613 commandments in the course of just under a year.
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