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Daily Mitzvah

Day 157: Negative Commandment 94, 95, 96, 97; Positive Commandment 86

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Negative Commandment 94 (Digest)
Burning the Fats of a Blemished Animal on the Altar

"Nor shall you make a fire offering of them"Leviticus 22:22.

It is forbidden to burn the fats of an animal with a permanent blemish on the altar.

Negative Commandment 95 (Digest)
Sacrificing Animals with Temporary Blemishes

"You shall not sacrifice to G‑d, your G‑d, any ox or sheep in which there is a blemish"—Deuteronomy 17:1.

It is forbidden to offer as a sacrifice an animal with a temporary blemish.

Negative Commandment 96 (Digest)
Sacrificing Blemished Animals Presented by Non-Jew

"And from a foreigner's hand you may not offer the bread of your G‑d from any of these"—Leviticus 22:25.

It is forbidden to offer as a sacrifice an animal with a blemish that is presented by a non-Jew.

Negative Commandment 97 (Digest)
Causing a Blemish in an Animal that was Designated for Sacrifice

"No blemish shall be in it"Leviticus 22:21.

It is forbidden to cause a blemish to an animal designated for sacrifice [making it unfit for sacrificial use].

Positive Commandment 86 (Digest)
Redeeming a Blemished Offering

"However, as per your every desire, you may slaughter and eat meat in all your cities, according to the blessing of G‑d, your G‑d"—Deuteronomy 12:15.

We are commanded to "redeem" any animal consecrated for sacrificial use. The animal is then relieved of its holiness and may be eaten. [The redemption money is used to purchase a new animal for sacrifice.]

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.
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