Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 113

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The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily study of 3 chapters of Maimonides' 14-volume code. There are instances when the Mitzvah is repeated a few days consecutively while the exploration of the same Mitzvah continues in the in-depth track.

Positive Commandment 113 (Digest)
The Red Heifer

"And it shall be as a keepsake for the congregation of the children of Israel"—Numbers 19:9.

We are commanded to prepare a red heifer [as detailed in the Torah], to have it ready for the procedure of purifying those who are ritually impure as a result of contact with a corpse.


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
Why [are mourners fed] lentils? Just as the lentil has no mouth, so is the mourner speechless...Just as the lentil is round, so mourning comes round to all the inhabitants of this world
  –Talmud, Bava Batra 16b
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