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Thursday, 3 Nissan 5777 / March 30, 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 63; Negative Commandment 146; Positive Commandment 64

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Positive Commandment 63 (Digest)
Procedure of the Burnt Offering

"When a man from [among] you brings a sacrifice to G‑d . . . If his sacrifice is a burnt offering from cattle..."Leviticus 1:2-3.

When offering an Olah (completely burnt) sacrifice – whether it's a communal sacrifice or a personal offering – we are commanded to follow the applicable procedure outlined in the Torah.

Negative Commandment 146 (Digest)
Partaking of the Burnt Offering

"You may not eat within your gates...the vows which you vow"Deuteronomy 12:17.

It is forbidden to partake of the flesh of the Olah (burnt) sacrifice—whether before its blood was sprinkled on the altar or afterward, whether in the Holy Temple or outside of it.

This prohibition includes deriving benefit from any of the holy properties [aside for those which the Torah permits].

Positive Commandment 64 (Digest)
Procedure of the Sin Offering

"This is the law of the sin-offering..."Leviticus 6:1.

When offering a Chatat (sin) offering, we are commanded to follow the applicable procedure outlined in the Torah—regarding its slaughter and the parts of the animal that are burnt on the altar and the parts that are consumed [by the priests].


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 Zohar states that "When the tzaddik departs, he is to be found in all worlds, more than during his lifetime." Now this needs to be understood. For, granted that he is to be found increasingly in the supernal worlds, because he ascends to there; but how is he found more in this world?
As is known, the life of a tzaddik is not a physical life but a spiritual life, consisting wholly of faith, awe, and love of G-d... While the tzaddik was alive on earth, these three attributes were contained in their physical vessel and garment on the plane of physical space... his disciples received but a reflection of these attributes, a ray radiating beyond this vessel by means of his holy utterances and thoughts... But after his passing... whoever is close to him can receive a [far loftier dimension] of these three attributes, since they are no longer confined within a [material] vessel, nor bounded by physical space...
  –Rabbi Schneur Zalman (Tanya, Iggeret HaKodesh 27)
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