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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 353; Positive Commandment 149

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Negative Commandment 353 (Digest)
Provocative Behavior

"No man shall come near to any of his relatives, to uncover [their] nakedness"Leviticus 18:6.

It is forbidden to derive pleasure from any of the women whom the Torah forbids us from marrying, by kissing, embracing and the like. For such behavior leads to actualizing the forbidden relationship.

Positive Commandment 149 (Digest)
Inspecting Animals for Kosher Signs

"These are the beasts which you shall eat"Leviticus 11:2.

We are commanded to inspect wild or domesticated mammals before consuming them, to ascertain whether they possess the kosher signs—i.e. split hooves and cud chewing.


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
And it came to pass on the third day, when it was morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mountain, and the sound of a shofar exceeding loud . . . Moses brought the people out of the camp to meet with G‑d; and they stood under the mountain . . .
And G‑d spoke all these words, saying: “I am G‑d, your G‑d, who has brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. You shall have no other gods beside Me . . .”
  –Exodus 19:16–20:3
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