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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 21

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Positive Commandment 21 (Digest)
Respecting the Temple

"And revere My sanctuary"Leviticus 19:30.

We are commanded to greatly revere the Temple. It is not the physical structure that we revere, but the One who commanded us to build [and who dwells in] it.

Included in this mitzvah are the following laws:

  • It is forbidden to enter the Temple Mount while wearing shoes, or clad in an undershirt.
  • It is forbidden to enter the Temple Mount with one's walking stick or with dusty feet.
  • It is forbidden to spit on the Temple Mount.
  • It is forbidden to use the Temple Mount as a shortcut.
  • Only monarchs of the Davidic Dynasty are permitted to sit in the Temple Courtyard.

This mitzvah applies at all times, even today when – due to our many sins – the Temple has been destroyed. [We still must respect and revere the Temple Mount.]


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.
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One who begins a good deed is told to finish the job
  –Jerusalem Talmud, Pesachim 10:5
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