Mitzva 23 Kill the first born donkey

by | Feb 16, 2021 | Taryag Mitzvos

ואם לא תפדה וערפתו

שמות יג יג

What
If one doesn't redeem a first born donkey, then he should kill it.
How
With a hatchet
Also included
It is forbidden to derive benefit from a first born donkey who has not been redeemed, whether or not it is killed. It is even forbidden to derive benefit from the carcass.
Type
Positive
When
Anytime
Who
Males and females. Yisraelim but not Kohanim, Leviim .
Additional details
In the 1st Perek of Masechta Bechoros
Why
Hashem decreed that if you don’t redeem it as one is supposed to, that one may not derive benefit from it. Rather he must kill it.
Preference
The first choice is to redeem it. This Mitzva is second choice.