Saturday, July 8, 2017

Who one can sell a dead animal to?

Here is a little inconsistency of sorts I found in Deuteronomy about the the command for the dead animal. Let's take a look:
CLV Dt 14:21 You shall not eat any carcass. You may give it to the sojourner who is within your gates so that he may eat it, or you may sell it to a foreigner, for you are a people holy to Yahweh your Elohim. You shall not cook a kid in the milk of its mother.
So as you can see, Torah says that it is ok to give a carcass to a sojourner so he may eat it. But the sojourners are required to do all the laws of the Torah so how this can be allowed?

I think the reason for this can be found in the following verse:
CLV Lv 17:15 Any soul who eats a carcass or an animal torn to pieces, whether a native or a sojourner, will rinse his garments and bathe in water and be unclean until the evening; then he will be clean.
As you can see, eating a carcass is expected even for natives, so it is a simple uncleanness. This is a not a serious sin. So this is why sojourners are allowed to eat the carcass. They would become unclean and would have to clean themselves but it is not a huge violation of the Torah.

Deut 14:21 by the way is one other difference between the natives and the sojourner. A native is NEVER allowed to eat a carcass, yet the sojourner may eat it as you can see from this verse.

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