Pisqa’ 70

Pisqa’ 701


Be careful lest you offer up your Holocaust-offering” (Dt.12:13)—

Be careful constitutes a proscription.

Lest also constitutes a proscription.

“You offer up your Holocaust-offering” (Dt.12:13)—

and not the Holocaust-offering of a gentile,

[which had been slaughtered outside the Chosen Abode]:2

words of R. Shimon.

Rabbi Judah says:

And not the Holocaust-offering of a gentile

which had been consecrated beyond the Land.

“In any place you see” (Dt.12:13)—

rather, offer it up in any place that a prophet instructs you,

in the same way that Elijah

offered them up on Mt. Carmel.


“Rather, in the place which HASHEM will choose, from one of your tribes” (Dt.12:14).

One verse states:

“From one of your tribes” (Dt.12:14),

while another verse states:

“From all your tribes” (Dt.12:5).

This is as R. Judah teaches:

the funding must come

from all your tribes,

but the land for the Chosen Abode

will come from one tribe.3

There shall you offer up your Holocaust-offerings” (Dt.12:14)—

I might infer only that a Holocaust-offering

must be offered up in the Chosen Abode.

How do I know that this restriction

applies as well to other offerings?

The Teaching states:

“And there shall you perform all that I am commanding you” (Dt.12:14)—

[all extends the rule to other offerings].

But still I can claim that

a Holocaust-offering is subject to a prescription (Dt.12:14) and a proscription (Dt.12:13),

while other Holy offerings are subject only to a prescription!

The Teaching states:

There shall you offer up your Holocaust-offerings” (Dt.12:14).

This suggests that the Holocaust-offering is in the same class as other offerings.

Then why is it singled out for special mention?

To draw it into comparison:

Just as a Holocaust-offering is distinctive,

in being the subject of both a prescription and a proscription,

so, too, everything that is subject to a prescription

[to be offered in the Chosen Abode],

is indeed subject to a proscription

[against being offered elsewhere]!

  1. H:122-123;JN1:203-204.
  2. Cf. M.Zev.4:5//T. Zev.5:6.
  3. =ARNA:35. Cf. Pisqa’ 62.2.