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

169 - LEVITES ACQUIRING A PORTION IN THE LAND OF ISRAEL


Deuteronomy 18: 1-2 -- 1 "The priests, the Levites--all the tribe of Levi--shall have no part nor inheritance with Israel; they shall eat the offerings of the LORD made by fire, and His portion. 2 Therefore they shall have no inheritance among their brethren; the LORD is their inheritance, as He said to them."

In his “Mishneh Torah”, Maimonides states: “It seems to me* that these words apply only to the Land concerning which the Covenant was made with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, and which their children inherited and apportioned among themselves. But as regards any other land which a king of Israel might conquer, the priests and Levites are like the rest of Israel with respect to the land and the spoil.”**

* Whenever Maimonides uses the expression “it seems to me”, he has no Talmudic authority for his statement, and is merely expressing his own opinion
** Hilchoth Shemittah Ve-Yobel XIII, 11

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