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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

131 - EATING NOTAHR


Leviticus 19:6-8 -- It shall be eaten the same day you offer it, and on the next day. And if any remains until the third day, it shall be burned in the fire. 7 And if it is eaten at all on the third day, it is an abomination. It shall not be accepted. 8 Therefore everyone who eats it shall bear his iniquity, because he has profaned the hallowed offering of the LORD; and that person shall be cut off from his people.

According to Scriptural Law, whenever it is laid down that an offering must be consumed during the day of slaughtering and the following night (as for example in the case of the sin offering, guilt offering, thanksgiving offering, etc.), the duty may be performed until dawn on the next morning; but “in order to keep a man far from transgression” – a basic consideration in Rabbinic law – the sages ordained that the time should extend only until midnight.*

* Ber. Ia; Hilchoth Maasei ha-Korbanoth X, 9

This applies also to the Passover offering, which according to Scriptural law must be consumed during the first night of Passover, but in order to guard man from transgression the sages ordained that it could be eaten only until midnight.* For this reason the eating of the last piece of Matzah (called the afikoman) at the Seder table, which commemorates the Passover offering, must take place before midnight.**

* Hilchoth Korban Pesach VIII, 14
** Orach Chaim 477: I

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