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We recommend using the textual changes suggested by the Bach and the marginal notes of the Vilna Shas. This section is devoted to any other important corrections that Acharonim have pointed out in the Gemara, Rashi and Tosfos.

[1] Gemara 2a [line 26]:

The colon does not belong here

[2] Rashi 2a DH v'Nosen Chatzi Damav l'Chohen :

DH "v'Nosen Lo b'Kabalah" is a continuation of this Dibur ha'Maschil.

The next DH is veha'Nosen Lo b'Kabalah (CHESHEK SHLOMO)

[3] Ibid [at the end of the DH]:

The words "l'Akum b'Matanah" "

should be "l'Akum b'Kabalah" " (M. KORNFELD)

[4] Gemara 2b [line 14]:

The colon does not belong here

[5] Rashi 2b DH v'Lo Ketani " :

The words "d'Ka Salka Da'atach d'Lo Palig... Petimas Behemah" ...

belong at the beginning of the page, at the end of DH "Mai Lav a'Ubar" (M. KORNFELD)



(a)The Torah requires that every Yisrael sanctify the firstborn male of his children, Kosher animals, and donkeys, as it is written, "Kadesh Li Chol Bechor, Peter Kol Rechem bi'Vnei Yisrael, ba'Adam uva'Behemah; Li Hu" - "Sanctify to Me every firstborn that initiates the womb among the children of Yisrael, among both man and beast; it is Mine" (Shemos 13:2).

(b)HaSh-m wanted to give us merit by having us perform a Mitzvah with the first produce of our efforts so that we should realize that everything is His. A person comes to this understanding when, after all his toil, he takes these first products, which are as dear to him as the apple of his eye, and he gives them to HaSh-m. Another reason for this Mitzvah is to remember the great miracle that HaSh-m did for us by killing the firstborn of Egypt (SEFER HA'CHINUCH #18).

(c)There are three categories of Bechor: Bechor Adam, Bechor Behemah Tehorah, Bechor Behemah Teme'ah.


i.The first male born to a mother (who is the daughter of a Yisrael) must be redeemed by his father, as stated in Shemos 13:13, "v'Chol Bechor Adam b'Vanecha Tifdeh." The Bechor must be redeemed when he is one month old by giving five silver Shekalim of Kodesh (each of which weighs 19.2 or 17 grams; see Midos v'Shi'urei Torah, C. P. Benish, Benei Brak, 5760, pp. 487-488) to a Kohen, as stated in Bamidbar 18:16. This applies only if the son was the first issue (i.e. he was not preceded by a Nefel stillborn) and was delivered through the womb (i.e. he was not delivered by Caesarian section) (Sefer ha'Chinuch #392).

ii.The Mitzvah of Pidyon ha'Ben applies to a Yisrael and not to a Kohen or a Levi.

iii.The Pesukim that refer to Bechor Adam are: Shemos 13:2; 13:13; 13:15; 22:28; 34:19-20, Bamidbar 3:12-13; 8:17; 18:15.


i.Every firstborn (Bechor) male of an ox, goat or sheep becomes Kadosh with the Kedushah of Bechor when it comes out of its mother's womb. Its owner must give the Bechor to a Kohen.

ii.If the Bechor has no blemish, the Kohen must bring it as a Korban during its first year; after its fat and blood are offered on the Mizbe'ach, it is eaten in Yerushalayim during the following two days and the intervening night.

iii.If the Bechor has or develops a blemish, it must be slaughtered and eaten during its first year. If it developed a blemish after the year, it must be slaughtered and eaten within thirty days. A Kohen may give away or sell a Bechor, even to someone who is not a Kohen. However, it may not be sold in the marketplace or weighed for sale in the usual manner.

iv.Whether or not it has a Mum, it is forbidden to work with a Bechor or to shear it. Any fleece that is removed from a Bechor, even if it came off on its own, is Asur b'Hana'ah. If, upon Shechitah, the animal is found to be a Tereifah, it is Asur b'Hana'ah and must be buried.

v.Now that there is no Beis ha'Mikdash, a Kohen must care for a Bechor until it develops a Mum. Alternatively, he can sell it, even if it has no Mum, to a non-Kohen, who may eat it after it develops a Mum. It may not be bought, however, in order to be sold for a profit. (Sefer ha'Chinuch #393, #445)

vi.The Pesukim that refer to Bechor Behemah Tehorah are: Shemos 13:2; 34:19, Vayikra 27:26, Bamidbar 3:13; 8:17; 18:15-18, Devarim 12:6; 12:17; 14:23; 15:19.


i.There is a Mitzvah to redeem each firstborn male donkey, as the verse states, "v'Hayah Ki Yevi'acha HaSh-m El Eretz ha'Kena'ani... v'Chol Peter Chamor Tifdeh v'Seh, v'Im Lo Sifdeh va'Arafto" - "And it shall come to pass that when HaSh-m brings you to the land of the Kena'ani... And every firstborn donkey must be redeemed with a sheep [that is given to a Kohen]. If it is not redeemed, you must decapitate it" (Shemos 13:11-13).

ii.After the donkey is redeemed with a sheep, the sheep must be given to a Kohen. Both the donkey and the sheep are Chulin and may be used in any manner that a person desires.

iii.The donkey also may be redeemed with any other object of value. However, if it is redeemed with anything but a sheep, the object that is used must have the same value as the donkey. If it is redeemed with a sheep, there is no minimum value for the sheep. (Sefer ha'Chinuch #22, #23)

iv.If the donkey is not redeemed, the Tana'im disagree about whether it is Asur b'Hana'ah. After Arifah has been performed, the corpse of the donkey is Asur b'Hana'ah.

v.The Pesukim that refer to Bechor Behemah Teme'ah are: Shemos 13:2; 13:13; 13:15; 34:19-20, Bamidbar 3:13; 8:17; 18:15.

2)[line 3]'' AF AL PI SHE'EINO RASHAI - even though he is not allowed to sell it to a non-Jew (MECHIRAS BEHEMAH GASAH L'OVED KOCHAVIM)

(a)The Chachamim decreed not to sell a beast of burden to a Nochri. The reason for this prohibition is that if one could sell his animal to a Nochri, he may be tempted to lend or rent his animal to the Nochri, who would then work with a Jew's animal on Shabbos. This is prohibited, as the verse states, "Lo Sa'aseh Chol Melachah...u'Vehemtecha" - "Do not do any work [on Shabbos]...[nor] your animals" (Shemos 20:10).

(b)Another reason given for this decree is that the Jew might start the sale a few minutes before the start of Shabbos and call to the loaded animal on Shabbos to show the Nochri how well it works. By doing so he would transgress the prohibition of Mechamer on Shabbos (Avodah Zarah 15a).

(c)The Chachamim did not apply this prohibition in the case of selling an old, male horse to a Nochri. Such a sale is not beneficial to the Nochri, and it is very uncommon, and the Chachamim did not enact decrees for unusual situations (RASHI).

3)[line 3] VEHA'MEKABEL HEIMENU- and one who receives a donkey from him (a non-Jew) to raise, on the condition that they divide the offspring; this arrangement is referred to as "Kablanus."

4)[line 7] D'KA MAISI LA L'KEDUSHAH- that he brings it into a state of holiness

5)[line 20] LAV HAINU ORCHEI- this is not its normal way

6)[line 27] MA'ALIN OSO B'SHAVYO- they calculate its value

7)[line 29] KONSIM OSO...- they penalize him and require that he must buy it back at any price (as explained on 3a)


8)[line 4] D'YAHIV LEI BEHEMAH MA'ABARTA L'FETUMAH- he gave the Nochri a pregnant animal to fatten on the condition that the Nochri would take half of the increase in value of the animal and receive half of the offspring; unlike the usual arrangement of Kablanus, where the laborer divides only the offspring with the owner and the owner keeps the rest

9) [line 31] D'PASKAH MINEI - he has severed (detached) the animal from his domain

10)[line 45] D'LO MEKABELES ZACHAR- it does not mate