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

128 - THE SECOND TITHE


Deuteronomy 14:22-23 -- 22 "You shall truly tithe all the increase of your grain that the field produces year by year. 23 And you shall eat before the LORD your God, in the place where He chooses to make His name abide, the tithe of your grain and your new wine and your oil, of the firstborn of your herds and your flocks, that you may learn to fear the LORD your God always.”

Where it is impossible to bring the second tithe to Jerusalem owing to the distance, the owner is to redeem it and bring its money value to the sanctuary and there spend it exclusively on food (Deuteronomy 14:24).

Leviticus 27:31 -- “If a man wants at all to redeem any of his tithes, he shall add one-fifth to it.”

Such tithe is obligatory only in regard to the produce of the Land of Israel and is to be eaten in Jerusalem only during the existence of the sanctuary.

The great heave offering may be eaten by a priest in mourning.*

* Mishneh Torah, Zeraim, Hilchoth Maaser Sheni Ve-Neta Revai III, 1, 4, 5

“The second tithe was commanded to be spent on food in Jerusalem; in this way the owner was compelled to give part of it away as charity. As he was not able to use it otherwise than by way of eating and drinking, he must have easily been induced to give it gradually. This rule brought multitudes together in one place, and strengthened the bond of love and brotherhood among the children of men.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 39

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