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Daily Mitzvah

Day 151: Negative Commandment 85, 82; Positive Commandment 34; Negative Commandment 86

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Negative Commandment 85 (Digest)
Replicating the Incense

"You shall not make for yourselves according to its composition"Exodus 30:37.

We are forbidden to produce incense with the same formula used in the Holy Temple, for the sake of enjoying its fragrance.

Negative Commandment 82 (Digest)
Offering Sacrifices on the Golden Altar

"You shall not offer on it strange incense, nor a burnt or meal-offering; neither shall you pour a libation upon it"Exodus 30:9.

It is forbidden to offer any sacrifice on the Golden Altar in the Holy Temple's sanctuary.

Positive Commandment 34 (Digest)
Transportation of the Holy Ark

"Because the service of the holy belongs to them, they shall bear upon their shoulders"Numbers 7:9.

The kohanim (priests) are commanded to carry the Ark [containing the Tablets] on their shoulders—when necessary to transport it from one location to another.

Although the Levites were originally entrusted with this task, this was only in the desert, when the kohanim population was very small. But in all future generations, this is a task reserved for the kohanim.

Negative Commandment 86 (Digest)
Removing the Ark's Poles

"The poles shall be in the ark's rings; they shall not be removed from them"Exodus 25:15.

It is forbidden to remove the poles of the ark [which were used in order to transport it from location to location] from their designated rings on the ark's exterior.

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
Our sages have taught, "Whoever gets angry, it is as if he worshipped idols" (Zohar I, 27b). Why? Because at the time of his anger, his faith has left him. For were he to believe that what happened to him was G d’s doing, he would not be angry at all. For although it is a person possessed of free choice that is cursing him, or striking him, or causing damage to his property -- and is accountable according to the laws of man and the laws of heaven for his evil choice -- nevertheless, as regards the person harmed, this [incident] was already decreed in heaven and “G d has many agents” [to carry out the decree]...
  –Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi (Tanya, Iggeret Hakodesh 25)
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