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Hashem’s House Is No Different
(Pesachim 94a)

 

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The Torah (Bamidbar 9:10-13) states that if one failed to offer the korban Pesach on the 14th of Nissan because he was ritually impure or on a distant road (“bederech rechoka”), he should offer a replacement sacrifice on the 14th of Iyar (Pesach Sheni). If, however, his failure to bring a korban Pesach had nothing to do with him being ritually impure or far away, he is punished with kares.

Our Gemara (supra 93b) defines “bederech rechoka” as beyond the city of Modi’in, which is 15 mil away from Jerusalem.

 

Willful Negligence

The Rambam (Hilchos Korban Pesach 5:2) rules that even if a person failed to offer a korban Pesach on the 14th of Nissan intentionally or due to willful negligence, he can still spare himself from kares by offering a Pesach Sheni sacrifice. If he doesn’t bring a Pesach Sheni, however, he receives kares even if his failure to bring it was due to an oness (unpreventable accident).

If his failure to bring a korban Pesach, however, was due to an oness, is doesn’t receive kares unless his failure to bring a Pesach Sheni sacrifice is intentional (see Rebbi’s opinion on 93a).

It Was Only An Accident

The Rambam distinguishes between an ordinary oness (e.g., sickness) and the cases of oness delineated by the Torah – i.e., tumah and bederech rechoka. If one fails to bring a korban Pesach due to tumah or distance, he is exempt from kares unequivocally even if he deliberately doesn’t bring a Pesach Sheni sacrifice. In contrast, if one fails to bring a korban Pesach due to other onassim, he receives kares only if he willfully neglects to bring a Pesach Sheni sacrifice.

A Stricter View

The Ravad (ad loc.) disagrees with Rambam’s distinction. He maintains that even if one’s failure to bring a korban Pesach due to tumah or derech rechoka, he is subject to kares if he willfully neglects to bring a Pesach Sheni sacrifice.

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Rabbi Yaakov Klass is chairman of the Presidium of the Rabbinical Alliance of America; rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn; and Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at yklass@jewishpress.com and Rabbi@igud.us.
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