About the Book
The Book of Seeds is the seventh book in the “Mishne Torah”.
The “Mishne Torah” doesn’t start with the Book of Seeds, the Book of Seeds is the summit of the first half of the “Mishne Torah”, it deals with the individual, and leads on to the second half which deals with the national vision, the Temple and Jewish Law.
Structure of the Book:
The Laws of Kilaayim:
Laws pertaining to the way of planting and cautioning against kilaayim in any type of plant, and from there also kilaayim in animals and clothes are discussed.
The Laws of Matnot Aniyim:
When picking crops of all types (reaping, harvesting, etc.), the poor man may assume some of the crop, and more broadly to take care to create a daily practice of giving charity to the poor. This commandment includes, pidyon shvuyim.
The Laws of Terumot:
Once the crop is picked, man must give gifts to the kohanim.
The Laws of Maaser:
Once the crop is picked, man must give gifts to the leviim.
The Laws of Maaser Sheini:
In certain years one must a second tithe to Jerusalem and eat it in purity, as well as fruit from a four year old tree.
The Laws of Bikkurim:
The first fruits, the bikkurim, one must bring to Jerusalem and give them to the kohanim. To these laws are added the kohanims gifts everywhere, such as dough offering and pidyon haben.
The Laws of Shemita:
At the end of the book are the commandments dependent on a seven year cycle and on one of fifty years.
Example Pages From the Book
Books From This Category:
The Book of Women
The book deals with family from its creation until its destruction and how to keep it whole.
The Book of Holiness
The book deals with rules against incest and certain foods. And encourages turning away from lust and towards holiness.
The Book of Vows
The book deals with one topic: The spoken word and holiness of speech.