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Daily Mitzvah

Day 168: Positive Commandment 161; Negative Commandment 140

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Positive Commandment 161 (Digest)
Counting the Omer

"And you shall count for yourselves from the day following the [first day of Passover]"Leviticus 23:15.

We are commanded to count the omer. Each individual is commanded to count 49 days [from the day when the Omer Offering was brought in the Temple, on the second day of Passover], counting both the days and weeks that have elapsed.

Women are exempt from this mitzvah.

Negative Commandment 140 (Digest)
Eating the Flesh of an Animal that was Disqualified as a Sacrifice

"You shall not eat any abominable [food]"Deuteronomy 14:3.

It is forbidden to eat of the flesh of an animal that was designated as a sacrifice and then became disqualified under certain conditions. Such as, if the animal was intentionally blemished so as to invalidate it as a sacrifice, or if after it was slaughtered (in the Temple) it became disqualified for offering on the altar.

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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  –Isaiah 55:6
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