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Positive Commandment 72

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Positive Commandment 72 (Digest)
The "Adjustable" Sin Offering

"And if a person sins... he shall bring his guilt offering... but if he cannot afford..."Leviticus 5:1.

The following individuals have to bring an "Adjustable" Sin Offering (Korban Oleh V'yored) for their transgressions:

  • One who contracted a cardinal ritual impurity and inadvertently entered the Holy Temple.
  • One who contracted a cardinal ritual impurity and inadvertently consumed sacrificial flesh.
  • One who swore to do, or not to do, a certain act, and inadvertently violated his vow.
  • One who was called by his fellow to testify on his behalf and falsely swore that he had not what to testify.

This is called an "adjustable" sacrifice for the species brought [animal, fowl or meal] is dependent on the transgressor's financial means.

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
What is this world comparable to? To the water wheel in the garden: the clay bowls on the bottom rise filled, and the upper ones descend empty. In the same way, not everyone who is rich today is rich tomorrow, nor is one who is poor today poor tomorrow. Why? Because the world is a wheel.
  –Midrash Rabbah, Shemot 31
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