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Daily Mitzvah

Day 203: Positive Commandment 113

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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 113 (Digest)
The Red Heifer

"And it shall be as a keepsake for the congregation of the children of Israel"—Numbers 19:9.

We are commanded to prepare a red heifer [as detailed in the Torah], to have it ready for the procedure of purifying those who are ritually impure as a result of contact with a corpse.

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
No tribe was more prestigious than Judah and none more lowly than Dan... Said G-d: "Let the one come and be associated with the other [i.e., Betzalel from the tribe of Judah, and Ahaliav from the tribe of Dan, who were charged with the building of the Sanctuary] so that no man may despise [his fellow] or be arrogant, for both great and small are equal in G-d's sight"
  –Midrash Tanchuma
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