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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 109, 237

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Important Message Regarding This Lesson

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 109 (Digest)
Immersing in a Mikvah (Ritual Pool)

"He shall bathe all his body in water"Leviticus 15:16.

A person who chooses to become cleansed of any ritual impurity is commanded to immerse in a mikvah [a natural pool of water]. According to the tradition of the Oral Law, for a mikvah to be kosher it must contain enough water for [an average] person to submerge himself within them—unless it is a moving stream of water, in which case even the smallest amount of water suffices [for a smaller than average individual, or for immersing a ritually impure utensil].

Some details:

  • Of all the types of ritually impure people, only the zav requires immersion in a moving stream of water.
  • This mitzvah is not obligatory. As long as an individual has no intention of entering the Temple Mount, he may remain in his ritually impure state.
  • An individual's purification process is not finalized until the sun sets on the day he immerses.
  • There may not be anything separating between the person's body and the waters of the mikvah.

Positive Commandment 237 (Digest)
Damage Caused by Goring

"If an ox gores..."Exodus 21:28.

We are commanded regarding the laws [of liability] that apply if a person's ox [gores another's animal, or any other malicious damage cause by any animal belonging to an individual].


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
When a person is uprooted from his habitual environment... there come to light certain traits of his inner character as they are in their purity, undistorted by the expectations of society. Often, these traits reveal the hidden good in this person, of which perhaps even he himself had been unaware, because they were hidden under the layers of “manners” and social conventions. Fortunate is the person who does not allow these traits to disappear when he subsequently settles down and finds tranquility.
  –From a 1944 letter by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, recalling his days as a refugee in Vichy France
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