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

216 - SOWING GRAIN OR VEGETABLES IN A VINEYARD


Deuteronomy 22:9 --You shall not sow your vineyard with different kinds of seed, lest the yield of the seed which you have sown and the fruit of your vineyard be defiled.”
Leviticus 19:19 -- “You shall keep My statutes. You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you.”

According to the Mishnah: “It is forbidden to sow kilai ha-kerem* or to suffer them to grow, and it is forbidden to make any use of them. It is forbidden to sow kilai zera’im** or to suffer them to grow, but they are permitted food.”***

* I.e. mixed seeds in the vineyard
** I.e. diverse kinds of seed in one field
*** Kil. VIII, 1

In discussing the rites of the idolaters in connection with grafting trees, Maimonides says in his “Moreh Nebuchim”: “The Law, therefore, prohibits us to mix different species together, i.e. to graft one tree into another, because we must keep away from the opinions of the idolaters and the abominations of their unnatural sexual intercourse. In order to guard against the grafting of trees, we were forbidden to sow any two kinds of seed together or near each other. When you study the traditional explanation of this precept, you will find that the prohibition of grafting, the principal element in this commandment, holds good for all countries, and is punishable by forty stripes; but the sowing of seeds one near the other is only prohibited in the Land of Israel.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 37

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