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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 15, 18

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Positive Commandment 15 (Digest)
The Mezuzah

"And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates"—Deuteronomy 6:9.

We are commanded to place mezuzahs on our doorposts.

Positive Commandment 18 (Digest)
A Personal Torah Scroll

"Write this song for yourselves"Deuteronomy 31:19.

Every male is required to acquire a complete Torah Scroll for himself. Better yet if he can write one himself—then it is considered "as if he received it from Sinai"!

One cannot suffice with a scroll that he inherits from his father or ancestors, rather one must write or acquire one oneself.


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
There are two ways to get warm on a cold winter day: a) build a fire, which warms everyone else in the room as well; or b) wrap yourself in furs, which conserves your own warmth but does not generate any heat or warm anyone else. Thus chassidim would say: “Don’t be a tzaddik in a fur coat!”
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