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Tuesday, 9 Av 5773 / July 16, 2013
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 66; Negative Commandment 147; Positive Commandment 67; Negative Commandment 102, 103, 138

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Positive Commandment 66 (Digest)
Procedure of the Peace Offering

"And if his offering be a sacrifice of a peace-offering..."Leviticus 3:1.

When offering a Shelamim (peace) offering, we are commanded to follow the applicable procedure outlined in the Torah.

Negative Commandment 147 (Digest)
Consuming Offerings before their Blood is Sprinkled on the Altar

"You may not eat within your gates ...your freewill offerings"Deuteronomy 12:17.

It is forbidden to eat of the flesh of sacrifices – of the "holy" class; e.g., the Peace or Thanksgiving Offerings – before their blood is sprinkled on the altar.

Positive Commandment 67 (Digest)
Procedure of the Meal Offerings

"And if a person brings a meal offering to G‑d . . . and if a meal offering on a pan is your sacrifice . . . and if a meal offering [made] in a deep pot"Leviticus 2:1, 5, 7.

When offering a Minchah (meal) offering – any of the different varieties of meal offerings detailed in the Torah – we are commanded to follow the applicable procedure outlined in the Torah.

Negative Commandment 102 (Digest)
Putting Oil on a Meal Sin Offering

"He shall put no oil upon it"Leviticus 5:11.

It is forbidden to mix oil into a meal Sin Offering [as is done by almost all other meal offerings].

Negative Commandment 103 (Digest)
Putting Frankincense on a Meal Sin Offering

"Neither shall he put any frankincense upon it"Leviticus 5:11.

It is forbidden to mix frankincense into a meal Sin Offering [as is done by almost all other meal offerings].

Negative Commandment 138 (Digest)
Consuming the Priest's Meal Offering

"And every meal offering of the priest shall be totally burnt; it may not be eaten"Leviticus 6:16.

It is forbidden to consume of a priest's Meal Offering. This prohibition also includes partaking of the daily Chavitin (meal) offering brought by the high priest.


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
For two-and-a--half years, the House of Shammai and the House of Hillel debated. These said: It is better for man not to have been created than to have been created; and those said: It is better for man to have been created than to not have been created. In the end, they voted on it and concluded: It is better for man not to have been created than to have been created; but now that he was created, he should search his deeds.
  –Talmud, Eruvin 13b
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