29a Feed The Dogs!

by | Dec 20, 2020 | Psachim

29a Feed The Dogs!

by | Dec 20, 2020 | Psachim

רמב”ם פ”ב מהלכות איסורי מזבח ה”י שאין פודין טריפה להאכילה לכלבים

The Rambam Paskens  that one may not redeem a Korban for the purpose of feeding it to the dogs. 

רמב”ם הלכות תמורה פרק ד הלכה ח

ולדות הקדשים שיצאו דרך דופן, או שילדו טומטום ואנדרוגינוס וכלאים וטריפה, הרי אלו יפדו ויביא בדמיהן קרבן הראוי להביא בדמי ולד של זו.

Yet he also Paskens  that if a Korban has a child who is a Teraifah it is to be redeemed. Since a Teraifah isn’t edible, the redemption could only be for the purpose of feeding it to the dogs, a contradiction to the previously stated Rambam.

The Ohr Sameiach answers that when the Korban was not fit for a Korban at consecration we may redeem a Korban for the purpose of feeding it to the dogs. Since the latter Rambam is referring to a Korban born as a Teraifah, it was not fit for a Korban at its consecration – its birth.  The earlier Rambam is referring to a case where it was fit for a Korban at the time of consecration but later became a Teraifah.