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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 28, 25, 40, 41, 27, 42

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Positive Commandment 28 (Digest)
Burning the Incense

"And Aaron shall burn upon [the altar] sweet incense every morning"Exodus 30:7.

The kohanim (priests) are commanded to offer incense on the Golden Altar in the Temple Sanctuary twice daily—morning and afternoon.

Positive Commandment 25 (Digest)
Kindling the Temple Menorah

"In the Tent of Meeting, outside the dividing curtain that is in front of the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall set up [the lights of the menorah]"Exodus 27:21.

The kohanim (priests) are commanded to regularly [i.e. daily] kindle the Menorah in the Holy Temple.

Positive Commandment 40 (Digest)
The High Priest's Daily Offering

"This is the offering of Aaron and his sons, which they shall offer to G‑d"Leviticus 6:13.

The high priest is commanded to offer the Chavitin meal offering twice daily—morning and afternoon.

Positive Commandment 41 (Digest)
The Additional Shabbat Offering

"And on the Sabbath day, two lambs"Numbers 28:9.

On the Shabbat day, we are commanded to bring a special offering in the Holy Temple, in addition to the regular daily sacrifices.

Positive Commandment 27 (Digest)
The Showbread

"And you shall put showbread upon the table, for Me, always"Exodus 25:30.

We are commanded to place lechem hapanim [known as "showbread"] before G‑d [on the Table in the Temple's sanctuary]. New loaves of bread are placed on the Table every Shabbat, together with frankincense. The priests then eat the previous week's showbread.

Positive Commandment 42 (Digest)
The Additional Rosh Chodesh Offering

"And on the beginnings of your months..."Numbers 28:11.

On Rosh Chodesh, the first day of the Jewish month, we are commanded to bring a special offering in the Holy Temple, in addition to the regular daily sacrifices.


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 Achashverosh declared that he would] "do the will of each and every one" (Esther 1:8), G-d said: "Wicked one! If two people desire to marry the same woman, can she marry both of them? If there are two sailing ships out in the ocean, and one requires a southern wind and the other requires a northern wind, could one wind move them both? Tomorrow, two people will come to you, Mordechai and Haman; could you satisfy both, but to promote the one and hang the other...? The only one who can 'do the will of each and every one' is G-d, of whom it is written (Psalms 145:16) "You open Your Hand, and satisfy every life and will...'"
  –Midrash Rabbah, Esther 2
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