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Sunday, 11 Tishrei 5778 / October 1, 2017
The Mishneh Torah was the Rambam's (Rabbi Moses ben Maimon) magnum opus, a work spanning hundreds of chapters and describing all of the laws mentioned in the Torah. To this day it is the only work that details all of Jewish observance, including those laws which are only applicable when the Holy Temple is in place. Participating in the one of the annual study cycles of these laws (3 chapters/day, 1 chapter/day, or Sefer Hamitzvot) is a way we can play a small but essential part in rebuilding the final Temple.

Daily Mitzvah

Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 1; Negative Commandment 1; Positive Commandment 2

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Positive Commandment 1 (Digest)
Belief in G-d

"I am the L-rd, your G‑d"Exodus 20:2.

The very first mitzvah is to believe in G‑d--a primal entity that is the cause and origin of all that exists.

Negative Commandment 1 (Digest)
Idol Worship

"You shall have no other gods besides Me"Exodus 20:3.

The very first prohibition is against ascribing G‑dly powers to any entity other than G‑d.

Positive Commandment 2 (Digest)
G-d’s Unity

"Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One"Deuteronomy 6:4.

We are commanded to believe and acknowledge that the One who provides existence to all of creation is one.


Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
Why did the Torah ordain that the uncleanness of menstruation should continue for seven days? Because being in constant contact with his wife, a man might develop an apathy towards her. The Torah, therefore, said: Let her be unclean for seven days, in order that she shall be beloved by her husband as at the time that she first entered into the bridal chamber
  –Talmud, Niddah 31a
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