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Reading Assignment - Class #14

Please read mitzvot #244 – 248.  Consider the following questions:

 Mitzvah #245:

1.        In a passage in the middle of the essay the author mentions several cases where a farmer wants to plant the greatest number of different plant species in a 6 x 6 bed. (The passage appears in the Feldheim translation on page 98/99.) Can figure out how the farmer could plant five different species?  Nine different species?  Why the farmer might choose to plant only five anyway? 

 Mitzvah #247:

  1. This mitzvah governs what happens to the fruit of a four-year-old tree.  That fruit is called “neta r’va’i.”  In this mitzvah/essay, the author lists parallels between neta r’va’i and “ma’aser sheni,” the “second tithe.”  Can you list the parallels that the author mentions?

 Mitzvah #248:  This essay might be easier to follow if we take the content in an order different from the one the author uses.  Let’s leave the material about the “stubborn and rebellious son” for after the other material in the mitzvah/essay.

  1. What is the source verse for this mitzvah?
  2. The author lists several applications of this mitzvah (aside from the “stubborn and rebellious son.”)  What are they, and how does each relate to the source verse?
  3. Please read Deut. 21: 18 – 21.  Our author lists the requirements for someone to be a “stubborn and rebellious son.”  What are they, and how does each relate to the source verses? (You won’t find all the derivations, but see how many you can find.)
  4. According to the author, how do we derive a prohibition verse to go with the verse that outlines the death penalty for a rebellious son?  How do we know that the rebellious son is first punished with malkos?  What is the punishment verse that justifies that?  What problems does the author mention about those methods of derivation?