Reading from the Tenakh, a portion of the ToRaH in Shemot 12:1-14

YHVH Elohim spoke to Moshe and Aharon in the land of Mitzrayim (Egypt), saying,

"This month shall be to you the beginning of months. It shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak to all the congregation of Yisra EL, saying,

'On the tenth day of this month, they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to their fathers' houses, a lamb for a household; and if the household be too little for a lamb, (10th of Aviv)

then he and his neighbor next to his house shall take one according to the number of the souls; according to what everyone can eat you shall make your count for the lamb.

Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male a year old. You shall take it from the sheep, or from the goats: and you shall keep it until the fourteenth day of the same month; and the whole assembly of the congregation of Yisra EL shall kill it at evening.

Don't

They shall take some of the blood, and put it on the two side-posts and on the lintel, on the houses in which they shall eat it. They shall eat the flesh in that night, roasted with fire, and matzah. They shall eat it with bitter herbs.

Don't eat it raw, nor boiled at all with water, but roasted with fire; with its head, its legs and its inner parts. You shall let nothing of it remain until the morning; but that which remains of it until the morning you shall burn with fire.

How shall we eat

This is how you shall eat it: with your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste: it is the LORD's Pesach.

YHVH Delieverance /Redemption work

For I will go through the land of Egypt in that night, and will strike all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and animal. Against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgments: I am the LORD. The blood shall be to you for a token on the houses where you are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and there shall no plague be on you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Mitzrayim . This day shall be to you for a memorial, and you shall keep it a feast to the LORD: throughout your generations you shall keep it a feast by an ordinance forever.

Faith in Action Shemot 12 :21-23

Then Moshe called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the Pesach. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip [it] in the blood that [is] in the bason, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that [is] in the bason; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For YHVH will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, YHVH will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite [you].

 Note:

On the shedding of blood, which was of the greatest importance. According to the Talmud, "whenever the blood touches the altar the offerer is atoned for" ------followed the "flaying of the sacrifice and the "cutting up into his pieces." All this had to be done in an orderly manner, and according to certain rules, the Talmidim adopting the sacrificial term when Shaul speaks of "rightly dividing the word of truth (2 Timothy 2:15) The "inwards' and "legs" to be washed (Lev 1:9) and dried with sponges, the sparate pieces of the sacrifice wre brought up by various Kohen; 6 Kohen carried the sacrifice, 1 for the meat and 1 the drink offering that is total 8 of them. 12 rams and 4 and 20 Kohen use in this service. Then applied with the sacrificial salt and then the pieces were first confusedly thrown and then arranged up the fire. Note this point whatever was laid upon the altar was regarded as "sanctified" by it, and could not be again removed, even though it should have become defiled. This explain the Word of Messiah Yeshua in Matthew 23:19 Ye fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifieth the gift? Also in latter days Rev 22;11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still:

General understanding on how to slaughter the Animals

 

Even though Elohim prescribed the slaughtering of animals for sacrifice and for food, the treatment ofanimals is of the utmost importance. The Talmud describes with minute care and detail how an animal is to be slaughtered for food, and the regulations are given mainly because of the desire to inflict as painless a death as possible. The slaughterer could not be a deaf-mute, or a minor, and he must be of sound mind (Chul. 1. 1). The knife must be perfectly smooth without the slightest perceptible notch and "the knife must be tested as to its three sides upon the flesh of the finger and upon the nail" (ibid. 17b).

There are five causes of disqualification (ibid. 9a).

[1] Shehiyah means Delay, the one who slaughter must be a continuous forward and backward motion of the knife without any interruption.

[2] Derasah means Pressure, the cut must be made gently, without the exercise of any force.

[3] Chaladah means digging, the knife must not be inserted into the flesh instead of drawn across the throat.

[4] Hagramah means Slipping, that is the cut must not be made except through a prescribed section of the neck.

[5] Ikkur means Tearing, that is the cut must be done without dislocating the windpipe or gullet. Any one of these actions would render the animal unfit for consumption, because it would have inflicted pain upon the animal.

In the Talmud teaches proper care of animals and a love and respect for them.They were to be properly fed (p. Jeb. 14d), and "a man must not eat his meal before giving food to his cattle (Ber. 40a). This was taken from the ToRaH Scripture:

"And He will give grass in your fields for your cattle, and then you shall eat and be satisfied." Devarim 11:5

The Talmud teaches man to praise the animals because they are models for mankind to imitate. "Had theToRaH not been given to us for our guidance, we could not have learnt modesty from the cat, honesty from the ant, chastity from the dove, and good manners from the cock" (Erub. 100b). YHVH Elohim taught Moshe to care for sheep before he would care for and lead his fellow man (Shemot. 11:2)

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