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

146 - EATING THE MEAT OF A BURNT OFFERING


Deuteronomy 12:17 -- “You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain or your new wine or your oil, of the firstlings of your herd or your flock, of any of your offerings which you vow, of your freewill offerings, or of the heave offering of your hand.”

In the ninth chapter of Sanhedrin, we read: “If he has deliberately committed sacrilege, Rabbi Judah says: he is liable to death by the hand of Heaven, but the sages say: He is liable only to whipping”; and the sages quote in support of their view: “They shall therefore keep My ordinance, lest they bear sin for it and die thereby,* implying that they die thereby** but not for sacrilege.”***

* Lev. XXII, 9
** That is, an unclean priest who eats of a clean heave offering is liable to death by the hand of Heaven (see Neg. Comm. 136), but a person who commits sacrilege is punishable by whipping only.
*** Sanh. 84a (Sonc. ed. p. 556)

The prohibition against committing any kind of sacrilege applies to holy things pertaining either to the Altar or to the Temple treasury.*

* Mishneh Torah, Abodah, Hilchoth Me’ilah I, 1

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