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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora

60 - OFFERING CATTLE OF A MINIMUM AGE


Leviticus 22:27 -- “When a bull or a sheep or a goat is born, it shall be seven days with its mother; and from the eighth day and thereafter it shall be accepted as an offering made by fire to the LORD.”
Exodus 22:30 -- “Likewise you shall do with your oxen and your sheep. It shall be with its mother seven days; on the eighth day you shall give it to Me.”

Although by rights one should not sacrifice any animal before it is thirty days old, it is nevertheless deemed acceptable from eight days on; and even according to the strict letter of the law the firstling, the Passover-offering and the tithe-offering of cattle may be offered as soon as they are eight days old.*

* Mishneh Torah, Abodah, Hilchoth Maaseh Ha-Korbanoth I, 12

In speaking of the object of this commandment Maimonides says, “This is the reason why no animal could be brought that was not yet seven days old: it is imperfect and repulsive, like an untimely birth.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim, III, 46

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