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22:23 [However, if] an ox or sheep has an extra or missing limb, it can be offered as a gift [to the sanctuary]. But [none of the above] shall be acceptable as a pledge [for the altar].
Veshor vaseh sarua vekalut nedavah ta'aseh oto uleneder lo yeratseh.
22:24 [Similarly,] you may not offer to God [any animal that has its testicles] crushed, whether by hand or with an instrument, pulled loose, or severed. This is something that you must never do, no matter where you live.
Uma'uch vechatut venatuk vecharut lo takrivu l'Adonay uve'artsechem lo ta'asu.


  (Targum; Ralbag). Saru'a in Hebrew, as in Leviticus 21:18. Or, 'an overgrown limb' (Bekhoroth 40a; Rashi), 'a limp' (Saadia), or, 'ears cut off' (Septuagint).

missing limb
  (Targum). Or, 'an atrophied limb' (Ibn Ezra; Ibn Janach; Radak, Sherashim), 'unsplit hooves' (Bekhoroth 40a; Rashi; Ralbag), 'an abnormally long stride' (Saadia), or, 'a lost tail' (Septuagint).

gift to the sanctuary
  (Sifra; Temurah 7b; Rashi; Ramban).

for the altar
  (cf. Ramban).

crushed, whether by hand
  (Rashi; Radak, Sherashim, from Ezekiel 23:3) Ma'ukh in Hebrew. Or, 'pulled loose' (Ibn Janach), or, 'ruptured' (Septuagint).

with an instrument
  (cf. Rashi; Radak, Sherashim).

pulled loose
  (Rashi). Nathuk in Hebrew. Or, 'gelded' (Septuagint).

you must never do
  This is a commandment forbidding any castration (Shabbath 110b; Rashi; Sefer HaMitzvoth, Negative 361; Yad, Issurey Biyah 16:10).

no matter where you live
  (Saadia; Yad, loc. cit.). Literally, 'in your land.' This is true even when there is no sacrifice (cf. Sforno).

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