- we set aside our first fruits, the ma'aser sheni, the second tithe, after first tithes have been held for the priests and the leviim
- the second tithe is taken to Jerusalem by the owner
- if there is too much to carry, the fruit can be traded or redeemed for food that will be eaten in Jerusalem
- Steinsaltz sees the conversation among rabbis as based on a fundamental question: how do we perform these mitzvot when the Temple is no longer standing?
- The Gemara looks to the laws regarding redemption of a first born animal that is brought to the Temple as an offering, the bechor
- Can there be holiness if the holiness of the Temple no longer exists?
- Perhaps the holiness of Eretz Yisrael and the holiness of Jerusalem are the same
- Tosafot: if the Temple takes the holiness away from HaAretz, then it would take the holiness away from Jerusalem
- The Rambam: even if the holiness of HaAretz is taken away, the holiness of Jerusalem cannot be removed because it comes from the presence of G-d
- When the second Temple was rebuilt with the return of the Jews, holiness was centred in that Temple
- Similarly, HaAretz derives its holiness from Jerusalem
- Thus the rabbis teach us that holiness can last forever
- This helps us to understand the rabbis apologetic stance regarding blood being poured in the wrong way; the altar being imperfect, etc.
Tuesday, 12 June 2018
Zevachim 60: The Origin and Nature of Holiness
Some brief points from today's daf: