Get the best of Chabad.org content every week!
Find answers to fascinating Jewish questions, enjoy holiday tips and guides, read real-life stories and more!
ב"ה

Daily Mitzvah

Day 137: Negative Commandment 141, 142, 143

Show content in:

Negative Commandment 141 (Digest)
Eating Second Tithe Grain outside of Jerusalem

"You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain"Deuteronomy 12:17.

It is forbidden to consume outside of Jerusalem grain set aside for the Second Tithe.

This biblical prohibition only applies once the grain entered Jerusalem—and was then taken back out.

Negative Commandment 142 (Digest)
Eating Second Tithe Wine outside of Jerusalem

"You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain and your wine"Deuteronomy 12:17.

It is forbidden to consume outside of Jerusalem wine set aside for the Second Tithe.

This biblical prohibition only applies once the wine entered Jerusalem—and was then taken back out.

Negative Commandment 143 (Digest)
Eating Second Tithe Olive Oil outside of Jerusalem

"You may not eat within your gates the tithe of your grain and your wine and your oil"Deuteronomy 12:17.

It is forbidden to consume outside of Jerusalem olive oil set aside for the Second Tithe.

This biblical prohibition only applies once the oil entered Jerusalem—and was then taken back out.

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
In everything that G-d taught Moses, He would tell him both the manner of contamination and the manner of purification. When G-d came to the laws concerning one who comes in contact with a dead body, Moses said to Him: "Master of the universe! If one is thus contaminated, how may he be purified?" G-d did not answer him. At that moment, the face of Moses turned pale.
When G-d came to the section of the Red Heifer, He said to Moses: "This is its manner of purification." Said Moses to G-d: "Master of the universe! This is a purification?" Said G-d: "Moses, it is a chok, a decree that I have decreed, and no creature can fully comprehend My decrees."
  –Midrash Rabbah
This page in other languages