If I am a farmer or keep animals, is it possible to obey the mitzvah of Ma'aser Behemah in today's times? Is is right to obey this mitzvah?

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The Mitzva applies in all places and at all times, even today and even outside of Israel. (Bechorot 9:1)

However, since nowadays we can't offer the animals as Korbanot and we'd have to wait for the animal to get a blemish in order to eat it, there was a rabbinic enactment not to fulfill the Mitzva lest people come to sin by eating it before it got a blemish. (Rambam Bechorot 6:2)

Hence, it is possible to obey this Mitzva but it is not right to do so nowadays.

  • יש כח ביד חכמים וכו'?
    – Yitzchak
    Sep 10, 2014 at 18:36
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    @Yitzchak Shev Ve'Al Taaseh presumably. There is no issue of Tevel so there is no other consequences of it.
    – Double AA
    Sep 10, 2014 at 18:40
  • What if the baby animals are all baalei mumim?
    – Heshy
    Sep 13, 2022 at 19:12
  • @Heshy not just if, you could do it on purpose sefaria.org/Mishneh_Torah%2C_Firstlings.6.9 The fact that chazal didn't enact that solution implies they were still concerned it would also lead to mistakes
    – Double AA
    Sep 14, 2022 at 13:10

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