Pisqa’ 95

Pisqa’ 951


“And gather all its plunder” (Dt.13:17)—

including the property of its Wicked that is beyond it.

“Into the midst of its plaza” (Dt.13:17)—

if the town has no plaza, build a plaza for it.

If the plaza was outside the city,

how do we know to annex it to the city?

The Teaching states:

“Into the midst of its plaza” (Dt.13:17).

“And you shall burn the city with fire, and all of its plunder” (Dt.13:17)—

but not the plunder

[already consecrated] to Heaven.2

On this basis they taught:

trees that are still attached to the ground

are permitted [to survive],

but the uprooted are prohibited.

Cisterns, ditches, and caverns,

and holy texts are permitted,

for it is said:

Its plunder” (Dt.13:17)—

but not the plunder

[already consecrated] to Heaven.3

Another word:

Its plunder” (Dt.13:17)—

but not the plunder

[already consecrated] to Heaven.

On this basis they taught:

consecrated animals that are within it

should be redeemed,

Threshing-floor-offerings should be left to rot,

and Second-tithe [coins] and holy texts

should be removed from circulation.4


Entirely consumed for HASHEM your God, and it shall be a ruin for all time” (Dt.13:17)—

And, similarly, He says:

“Now, at that time, Joshua swore an oath, saying:

accursed before HASHEM is he who shall arise and rebuild this city, Jericho!” (Josh.6:36).

Now, don’t we know that its name is Jericho?

Rather, the point is that

they should neither rebuild it

under another city’s name,

nor build another city

under the name of Jericho.

[As for one who rebuilds a condemned city, it is said:]

“At the cost of his first born

will he lay its foundation,

and at the cost of his youngest

will he erect its doorways” (Josh.6:26).

Is it possible that Joshua’s curse

applies to inadvertent

[rebuilding of the condemned city]?

The Teaching states:

“According to the word of HASHEM,

which He declared by means of Joshua b. Nun” (1Ki.16:34).

Conclude from this that

[Hiel of Bethel, who rebuilt Jericho at King Ahab’s behest,]

acted intentionally.5

  1. H:143; JN1:250-251.
  2. =M. San.10:6.
  3. //T.San.14:5. F:156, n.6 regards the text as an interpolation.
  4. =M. San.10:6
  5. // T.San.14:6.