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Tuesday, 4 Cheshvan 5778 / October 24, 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 15, 18

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Positive Commandment 15 (Digest)
The Mezuzah

"And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates"—Deuteronomy 6:9.

We are commanded to place mezuzahs on our doorposts.

Positive Commandment 18 (Digest)
A Personal Torah Scroll

"Write this song for yourselves"Deuteronomy 31:19.

Every male is required to acquire a complete Torah Scroll for himself. Better yet if he can write one himself—then it is considered "as if he received it from Sinai"!

One cannot suffice with a scroll that he inherits from his father or ancestors, rather one must write or acquire one oneself.


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
Prayer is called by [thirteen] names: cry, howl, groan, stricture, song, prostration, encounter, judgment, entreaty, standing, appeal and beseeching
  –Midrash Rabbah on Deuteronomy 3:23; Sifri ibid.
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