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

Noah's Spiritual Leadership
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

G-d's Message for All Humanity
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5764

Not Better or Worse, Just Different
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5756

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Great Is Peace
- 5769

The Choosing People
Rabbi Label Lam - 5761

The Seven Noachide Laws
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5769

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Of Showers, Towers, and False Powers
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5761

Rabbi Frand on Parshas Noach
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

A Second Chance
Rabbi Aron Tendler - 5759

> Free Gifts for People Who Find Favor
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

The Day Falsehood Married Destruction
Shlomo Katz - 5761

Compounded Interest
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

ArtScroll

Leisure Time
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

To Share in the Pain of Others
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

Compliments -- In The Presence And Outside The Presence Of A Person
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5774

Back To The Daily Grind
Shlomo Katz - 5765



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