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@YisroelKatz posted on Tue Jan 19, 133 days ago

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GEMARA IT IS ONLY INVALID BUT IT IS NOT REGARDED AS A SACRIFICE OF THE DEAD 1) WILL POINT OUT A CONTRADICTION [IT WAS TAUGHT] IF A MAN SLAUGHTERED [AN ANIMAL] AS A SACRIFICE TO MOUNTAINS, HILLS, SEAS, RIVERS, DESERTS, THE SUN, THE MOON, THE STARS AND PLANETS, MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL, OR A SMALL WORM, IT IS REGARDED AS A SACRIFICE OF THE DEAD 2) — ABAYE EXPLAINED IT IS NO DIFFICULTY HERE [IN OUR MISHNAH] HE DECLARED IT TO BE A SACRIFICE TO THE MOUNTAIN ITSELF, 3) BUT THERE HE DECLARED IT TO BE A SACRIFICE TO THE DEITY OF THE MOUNTAIN 4) THERE IS INDEED SUPPORT FOR THIS VIEW, FOR [IN THE BARAITHA QUOTED] THEY ARE ALL STATED TOGETHER WITH "MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL" 5 THIS IS CONCLUSIVE
1) FOR THEN IT WOULD NOT ONLY BE INVALID BUT EVEN FORBIDDEN FOR ALL USES AND PURPOSES V. A.Z. 29B
2) V. PSALMS 106 28
3) MOUNTAINS AND OTHER INANIMATE THINGS THE WORKS OF NATURE CANNOT, ACCORDING TO DEUT. 12 2 BE IN LAW REGARDED AS IDOLS V. A.Z. 45A HENCE SACRIFICES TO THEM ARE NOT SACRIFICES UNTO IDOLS, AND THEREFORE THE ANIMAL IS NOT FORBIDDEN FOR USE IT IS HOWEVER FORBIDDEN TO BE EATEN SINCE IT HAS THE APPEARANCE OF IDOL WORSHIP
4) I.E. THE SPIRIT OR ANGEL OF THE MOUNTAIN ETC. THIS IS REAL IDOLATRY AND THE ANIMAL WHICH IS SLAUGHTERED AS A SACRIFICE IS ABSOLUTELY FORBIDDEN
(5) THUS INDICATING THAT IT IS THE SPIRIT OR GODHEAD OF THE MOUNTAIN THAT IS INTENDED TO BE THE OBJECT OF WORSHIP, JUST AS IN THE CASE OF MICHAEL THE ARCHANGEL IT IS AN ANGEL OR SPIRIT THAT IS REFERRED TO
GEMARA THE MISHNA STATES THAT IF ONE SLAUGHTERS FOR THE SAKE OF MOUNTAINS OR OTHER NATURAL ENTITIES THE SLAUGHTER IS UNFIT THE GEMARA INFERS IT IS UNFIT YES WITH REGARD TO OFFERINGS TO THE DEAD, I.E. TO IDOLS, IT IS NOT IN THAT CATEGORY APPARENTLY THE STATUS OF THE ANIMAL IS THAT OF AN UNSLAUGHTERED CARCASS, FROM WHICH BENEFIT IS PERMITTED, AND NOT THAT OF AN IDOLATROUS OFFERING, FROM WHICH BENEFIT IS FORBIDDEN. AND THE GEMARA RAISES A CONTRADICTION FROM A BARAISA WITH REGARD TO ONE WHO SLAUGHTERS FOR THE SAKE OF MOUNTAINS, FOR THE SAKE OF HILLS, FOR THE SAKE OF RIVERS, FOR THE SAKE OF WILDERNESSES, FOR THE SAKE OF THE SUN AND MOON, FOR THE SAKE OF STARS AND CONSTELLATIONS, FOR THE SAKE OF MICHAEL THE GREAT MINISTERING ANGEL, OR EVEN FOR THE SAKE OF A SMALL WORM, THESE ARE OFFERINGS TO THE DEAD, FROM WHICH BENEFIT IS FORBIDDEN. ABAYE SAID THE APPARENT CONTRADICTION BETWEEN THE MISHNA AND THE BARAITA IS NOT DIFFICULT THIS MISHNA THAT TEACHES THAT THE SLAUGHTER IS NOT VALID BUT BENEFIT IS PERMITTED IS REFERRING TO A CASE WHERE ONE SAYS THAT HE IS SLAUGHTERING THE ANIMAL FOR THE SAKE OF THE MOUNTAIN ITSELF WHICH IS NOT AN IDOL THE BARAISA THAT TEACHES THAT THE ANIMAL IS AN OFFERING TO THE DEAD AND BENEFIT IS FORBIDDEN IS REFERRING TO A CASE WHERE ONE SAYS THAT HE IS SLAUGHTERING THE ANIMAL FOR THE SAKE OF THE ANGEL OF THE MOUNTAIN THE LANGUAGE OF THE BARAISA IS ALSO PRECISE AS THE MOUNTAIN AND THE OTHER NATURAL ENTITIES ARE TAUGHT TOGETHER WITH AND THEREFORE SIMILAR TO MICHAEL THE GREAT MINISTERING ANGEL CONCLUDE FROM IT THAT THE TANNA IS REFERRING TO SLAUGHTER FOR THE SAKE OF A SPIRITUAL ENTITY NOT THE MOUNTAIN ITSELF
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DAF YOMI

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