I'm assuming all issues of Kashrus and Shechita aside - i.e. We have a mesora for Shechting a Giraffe, is it possible to use say, a Giraffe, or Tzvi or Ayal as a Korban, b'sha'as Adchak or are the specific animals mentioned in the Torah those specifically and not any others, even bidi'eved?

  • What did you mean by "We have a mesora for Shechting a Giraffe"?
    – Al Berko
    Nov 1 '18 at 16:12
  • There are differing opinions on whether or not you need a mesora for shechting chayos as with birds. The mention was to avoid this point. I'm not interested to know whether it is permitted or not vis a vis kashrus, that wasn't the question here.
    – user18155
    Nov 1 '18 at 17:03

Rambam Mishneh Torah, Hilchot Ma'aseh HaKorbanot 1:1:

כָּל הַקָּרְבָּנוֹת שֶׁל מִינֵי נֶפֶשׁ חַיָּה בָּאִין מֵחֲמִשָּׁה מִינִין בִּלְבַד. מִן הַבָּקָר וּמִן הַכְּבָשִׂים וּמִן הָעִזִּים וּמִן הַתּוֹרִים וּמִן בְּנֵי הַיּוֹנָה:‏

All sacrifices of living creatures come from the following five species only: Cattle, sheep, goats, turtle doves and young doves.

There is no option given of using any other species, under any circumstances.

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    I didn't know הַבֹּקֶר means cattle. Live and learn.
    – user6591
    Nov 1 '18 at 17:00
  • the root is בקר but you raise an interesting point about the relationship between בקר as in morning, and בקר as in cattle or beef.
    – user18155
    Nov 1 '18 at 17:04
  • @User6591 Well spotted. Fixed
    – Joel K
    Nov 1 '18 at 17:26
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    @Danny F t'was a joke about the nekudos from that site. Maybe there is a connection....
    – user6591
    Nov 1 '18 at 17:36
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    @Double Ah. Human sacrifice? Nice.
    – user6591
    Nov 1 '18 at 18:39

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