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BEITZAH 27 (26 Nisan) - dedicated by Mr. Avi Berger of Queens, N.Y./Passaic, N.J. in memory of his mother, Leah bas Michel Mordechai, in honor of her Yahrzeit.


1. One may not cause a blemish to a firstborn animal, even if he does so in a very indirect fashion.
2. An animal that dies naturally (as opposed to one that is slaughtered) is Muktzah.
3. There is a dispute about whether Rebbi Shimon maintains that an animal that dies on Yom Tov is Muktzah.
4. It is forbidden to arrange for the purchase, on Yom Tov, of a portion of an animal that will be slaughtered on Yom Tov if a price is determined.
5. The Gemara explains the permissible practice for arranging for the purchase of an animal on Yom Tov.


1. For example, he may not put a piece of dough on the animal's ear in order to entice a dog to bite its ear to the point that it receives what is considered a permanent blemish.
2. The Mishnah adds that Chalah that becomes Tamei is also Muktzah.
3. Some say that while Rebbi Shimon permits a carcass to be used as dog food when the animal died before Yom Tov, it may not be used as such when it died on Yom Tov. Others argue that Rebbi Shimon permits such use even when it died on Yom Tov.
4. This is because it is forbidden to conduct business on Yom Tov. Rather, one should say, "I will take a quarter/third/half of the animal," without saying how much he is going to pay for it.
5. The people involved should line up the animal that is going to be slaughtered next to another animal and say, "This one is like this one" (meaning that their value is the same). They will then evaluate how much is owed based on how much the parts of the animal that it was equated with are worth.

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