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Daily Mitzvah

Day 129: Negative Commandment 135, 136

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Negative Commandment 135 (Digest)
An Uncircumcised Individual Eating of the Priestly Tithe

An uncircumcised male may not eat Terumah (the priestly tithe), as well as all other holy foods which he is precluded from eating.

Though there is no explicit verse stating this prohibition, our Sages extrapolated this precept from the verses, and asserted that this is counted as one of the 613 mitzvot.

The rabbis added to this prohibition, forbidding a circumcised individual who extended his foreskin so that it appears that he is uncircumcised from partaking of any of these holy foods.

Negative Commandment 136 (Digest)
A Ritually Impure Priest Eating of the Priestly Tithe

"Any man of the seed of Aaron who is afflicted with tzaraat or is a zav shall not eat of the holy [food] until he is pure"Leviticus 22:4.

A ritually impure priest is forbidden to consume Terumah (the priestly tithe).

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
Said Rabbi Acha: The talk of the servants of the fathers is more desirable than the Torah scholarship of the children. For Eliezer's story, which takes up two or three pages in the Torah, is twice recounted, while many principles of Torah law are conveyed with a single word or letter
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