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Wednesday, 5 Cheshvan 5778 / October 25, 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.

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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 17

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Positive Commandment 17 (Digest)
The King's Torah Scroll

"And it shall be, when [the king] sits upon the throne of his kingdom, and he shall write for himself a copy of this Torah"Deuteronomy 17:18.

A Jewish king is required to write (or acquire) for himself a Torah Scroll—from which he does not part all the days of his reign.

This scroll is in addition to the scroll he already wrote (or acquired) for himself before he ascended the throne (pursuant to Positive Commandment 18).


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
The Hebrew word for ark, teivah, also means “word.” When G‑d says (to Noah), “Come into the ark,” He is also saying: Enter into the words of prayer and Torah study; there you will find a sanctuary of wisdom, meaning and holiness amidst the raging floodwaters of life.
  –Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov
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