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1)

What does the Torah mean when it writes that one may not declare a firstborn animal Hekdesh?

1.

Rashi, Rashbam and Targum Yonasan: It means that one is not permitted to take a Bechor and declare it Hekdesh in the form of another Korban (an Olah or a Shelamim), since it is not his 1 (to declare Hekdesh - Rashi).

2.

Ramban: The Torah means (not that one may not, but) that one need not declare it Hekdesh. 2


1

Rashbam: Since it is already Hekdesh.

2

Ramban: Since, if it is a calf of a lamb, it automatically belongs to Hashem.

2)

If one cannot (Rashi), or need not (Ramban) sanctify a Bechor, why does the Torah write in Devarim (15:19) "Kol ha'Bechor ... Takdish la'Hashem Elokecha"?

1.

Rashi #1: Although a Bechor is automatically Kadosh, it is nevertheless a Mitzvah for the owner to declare it Hekdesh 1 .

2.

Rashi #2 (in Devarim 15:18): Although one cannot sanctify the actual Bechor as another Korban, one can however, declare its value Hekdesh and with the equivalent sum, purchase a Korban accordingly.

3.

Ramban: What the Pasuk in Devarim means is that one should treat it as Hekdesh, not to work with it or to shear it, and to eat it in Yerushalayim.


1

This can perhaps be compared to the Mitzvah to add fire to the Mizbe'ach, even though fire comes down from Heaven.

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