Mitzva 18 Sanctify the first born

by | Feb 4, 2021 | Taryag Mitzvos | 0 comments

קדש לי כל בכור פטר כל רחם בבני ישראל באדם ובבהמה לי הוא

שמות יג ב 

What
That all first born males, should be Kodesh to Hashem.
Which
The first born of the female, the offspring who opens the womb. The first born of humans, cows, goats, sheep and donkey.
How
Cows sheep and goats: Say "this is Kadosh" and give it to a Kohen. The Kohen bring it as a Korban in the Bais Ha`Mikdash, the Kohanim eat the meat in Yerushalayim.
Outside of Eretz Yisrael [and nowadays even in Eretz Yisrael]
Cows sheep and goats: According to the Rambam, one locks it up and lets it die. According to the Ramban, one wait until it gets a blemish after which it may be eaten regularly.
Type
Positive
When
Anytime, but only if you have a first born.
Where
Me`D`Oraysoh only in Eretz Yisrael, by rabbinacal decree also outside of Eretz Yisrael.
Who
Males and females, Kohanim, Leviim and Yisraelim
Additional details
In Masechta Bechoros
Why
1. Hashem wanted to give us a Mitzva to do with the first of our produce, so we know that all is his.
2.To remember the miracle that Hashem did for us with the firstborn of Egypt, that he killed them and saved us.
Effect
When man sees that he has labored and at long last made produce, and this produce is as dear to him as the pupil of his eye and he gives it to Hashem. It leaves his possession and enters the possession of Hashem. He then realizes that all belongs to Hashem.