Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Mitzvos Relating to Kohanim

55: Breaking a Donkey's Neck

"If you do not redeem it, its neck should be broken." (Shemos 34:20)

If a firstborn donkey was not redeemed, its neck must be broken in the back with a hatchet, and it has to be buried. No benefit can be derived from it. From the way the Torah describes this procedure (Shemos 13:13- 15), we learn that it is parallel to Pharaoh's obstinacy in his refusal to send us out of Egypt, which is referred to as "stiffness of the neck" (ibid. 33:3).

We learn from this that avoiding or neglecting a mitzvah does not lead to any gain. In addition, we have a model of how Hashem sends retribution upon those who stiffen their necks and remain stubborn against the teachings of the Torah.


Text Copyright 2007 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 






ARTICLES ON NOACH:

View Complete List

No Fear, No Fair
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Too Perfect
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

A Sobering Lesson
- 5768

ArtScroll

Language Barrier
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5760

Parshas Noach
Shlomo Katz - 5772

The Roots of Evil
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Noach's Lessons for Our Day
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

Compounded Interest
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

The Flood
Shlomo Katz - 5769

> The Path to Serving God
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5773

Positive Speech Builds a Brighter World
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

From Life
Rabbi Label Lam - 5773

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

The Gift of Meat
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5761

The Choosing People
Rabbi Label Lam - 5761

The World is a Symphony
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5757

Internal Beliefs Have External Effects
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5758



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information