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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 269; Positive Commandment 204

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Negative Commandment 269 (Digest)
Disregarding a Lost Item

"You shall not ignore [it]"Deuteronomy 22:3.

It is forbidden to disregard a lost item. Rather, upon encountering a lost item one must take it and endeavor to return it to its owner.

Positive Commandment 204 (Digest)
Returning a Lost Article

"You shall surely bring it back to him"Exodus 23:4.

When coming across a lost item, we are required to take it and return it to its owner.


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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Tree, o' tree, with what can I bless you? That your fruit should be sweet? Your fruit is sweet. That your shade should be plentiful? Your shade is plentiful. That a stream of water should run beneath you? Water runs beneath you. The one thing left for me to bless you is: May all the plantings from your seed be like you!
  –Talmud, Taanit 5b
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