Reading Assignment - Class #22

Please read mitzvot #506 – 509.  Please consider the following questions:


Mitzvah #506:

According to the source verse, what gets given to a cohen?

Are goats included?  Why?

Are wild animals included?  Why?

What about an animal of a species that might be considered wild or might be considered domestic?

Are mixed breed domestic animals included (i.e. one parent a goat and one parent a sheep)?  Why?

Are animals included if one parent is domestic and one parent is wild (i.e. one parent a goat and one parent a deer)?  Why?  Does it matter which parent is which? Why?  (There are several possible answers the author gives to this question.  See if you can track all of them.)

Is a levi obligated to give this meat to a cohen?  Why?

What language in the source verse does our author fail to explain?

Are people now still obligated by this mitzvah?


Mitzvah #507:


1.       What is the d’oraita obligation of t’rumah?

The rabbis extended the obligation.  From what foods do the rabbis require taking t’rumah?

2.      By now we have learned to expect issues that define the limits:

a.      What if a crop serves as both human food and animal food? 

b.      What if the crop is eaten by people in times of famine but not at other times? 

c.       What if the crop was planted for animal food but the farmer later decided to use it for human food? 

d.      What if the crop was planted for seed rather than for food but the seed would later be used to grow food? 

e.      What if a food plant grew wild but once it started growing the farmer protected and tended it?

f.        What if some parts of the plant are used for food but some parts are used for other purposes?

3.      Does our author think this mitzvah applies now d’oraita?  Why?

4.      D’oraita, this mitzvah applies only to crops grown where?  To what geographical areas did the rabbis extend the reach of this mitzvah?

5.      Our author mentions several possible definitions of “Israel.”  What are they?  Which are considered “Israel” for the purpose of this mitzvah?  (We will be focusing on categories of land rather than on specific geographic boundaries.)