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Who’s Watching Anyway? (Me’ilah 2b, 9a)

The practical consequence of this law is that if, for some reason unconnected with the sanctity of the animal, the animal became unfit for consumption after the sprinkling of the blood, a person who derives benefit from the animal – other than eating it – is not liable to the laws and penalties of me’ilah.

Thus for example, the meat of a korban that had already undergone the avodah of zerikah but that subsequently became unfit for consumption – either because it became tamei due to its having been allowed to remain beyond its allotted time for consumption or because it was removed from the Temple Courtyard – is not subject to the laws of me’ilah.

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About the Author: Raphael Grunfeld’s book, “Ner Eyal on Seder Moed” (distributed by Mesorah) is available at OU.org and your local Jewish bookstore. His new book, “Ner Eyal on Seder Nashim & Nezikin,” will be available shortly.


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