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

148 - RELEASING A DAM WHEN TAKING ITS NEST


Deuteronomy 22:7 --You shall surely let the mother go, and take the young for yourself, that it may be well with you and that you may prolong your days.”

Maimonides explains this commandment as follows: “The eggs over which the bird sits, and the young that are in need of their mother, are generally unfit for food, and when the mother is sent away she does not see the taking of her young ones, and does not feel any pain. In most cases, however, this commandment will cause man to leave the whole nest untouched, because (the young or the eggs), which he is allowed to take, are, as a rule, unfit for food. If the Law provides that such grief should not be caused to cattle or birds, how much more careful must we be that we should not cause grief to our fellow men!”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 48

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