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B0: Zohar HaKodesh: Mitzvah 12 – Concept 278

“If you do not redeem it (the first-born donkey) you shall axe the back of its neck.” (Exodus 13:13) We are commanded to break the neck of the donkey if the owner does not intend to redeem it. (Rambam, Hilchot Bikkurim)

The donkey – “Chamor” – represents “Chomer” – purely physical existence. A person can transform his physical life into spiritual essence. However, if he is stiff-necked, too stubborn to change, his battle will no longer be one of transformation, but of breaking habits and patterns of behavior. (Based on Zohar – Bo)

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