Lessons for Monday, 2 Tammuz, 5771


Negative Commandment 179 (Digest)

Creeping Creatures or Insects

You shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creeps, neither shall you make yourselves unclean with them”—Leviticus 11:43.

It is forbidden to eat any creeping creature or insect.

Though there are other prohibitions regarding specific types of insects and creeping creatures (e.g., flying ones, ones that creep on the ground), this prohibition adds a second “encompassing” prohibition on all sorts of creeping creatures, so that one who eats a specific type of creeping creature has transgressed two commandments.

Negative Commandment 180 (Digest)

Creatures that were not Properly Slaughtered

“You shall not eat any carcass “—Deuteronomy 14:21.

It is forbidden to eat any [kosher animal, beast or bird] that has died [without being ritually slaughtered].

Negative Commandment 188 (Digest)

The Flesh of a Condemned Ox

“And his flesh shall not be eaten”—Exodus 21:28.

It is forbidden to eat of the flesh of an ox [or any other animal] condemned to death by the courts [e.g., for killing a human].

This prohibition holds even if the ox was properly slaughtered before the sentence was carried out.

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