Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Daf Yomi - Beitza 27 - Blemished Bechor to the Kohen

Reb Yehuda Nesia sent a bechor to Rav Ami for him to determine if it had a permanent blemish or not. Rashi states that Reb Yehuda had kohanim in his house who would eat the bechoros.

Why did Reb Yehuda have to give the bechor to the kohanim to eat? A bechor that has a blemish is permitted even to a Yisroel? Pnei Yehoshua answers that even though a bechor with a blemish can be eaten by all, nonetheless there is an obligation to give the animal to a kohen and the kohen can allow everyone to partake in the bechor.

The Rambam in Hilchos Bechoros (1:3) writes that a bechor with a blemish is given to a kohen. It is evident that this would be included in the mitzva of matnos kehuna.