Halachot of the Bechor
The bechor, first born child, has great significance in the Jewish tradition and law. God Himself even calls Israel His bechor. Join Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman as he explores the sources in Tanach and beyond to give us a clear understanding of the Bechor’s responsibilities both in minhag and halacha.
Halachot of the Bechor: Halachot of the Bechor
The title of this shiur is “Halachot of Bechor.” The picture for this shiur is the hand of a human baby and for most people the only first-born of practical concern is a human , male, first born child. But the Torah has mitzvot that concern the first born (male) of cattle, sheep and goats as well as the first born (male) donkeys.
I have the impression that most of us have at least a passing familiarity with the mitzvah of פדיון הבן but probably none of us have had the privilege of performing the mitzvah of פדיון פטר חמור. So I chose to focus this evening on the the lesser known ( but no less important) mitzvot that pertain to these other types of Bechor.
Rabbi Dr. Stuart Fischman graduated from Yeshiva University in 1980 and the dental school of Columbia University in 1985. In 1989 he began studying and teaching at Yeshivat Hamivtar and now studies and teaches at Yeshivat Machanaim in Efrat. He has rabbinic ordination from Rav Zalman Nechemia Goldberg.