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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 115, 116, 117

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Positive Commandment 115 (Digest)
Donating Animals

"He shall present the animal before the priest and the priest shall evaluate it"Leviticus 27:11-12.

If a person pledges to give a non-kosher animal [or a kosher animal not fit to be brought as a sacrifice] to G‑d, he must follow the law prescribed in the Torah.

Positive Commandment 116 (Digest)
Donating Houses

"And if a man shall sanctify his house, holy to G‑d...the priest shall evaluate it"Leviticus 27:14.

If a person pledges to give a house to G‑d, he must follow the law prescribed in the Torah.

Positive Commandment 117 (Digest)
Donating Fields

"And if a man shall dedicate part of his field"Leviticus 27:16-22.

If a person pledges to give a field to G‑d, he must follow the law prescribed in the Torah. The procedure varies depending whether it is an ancestral field or a field that one acquired.


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
Father, your decree is more severe than Pharaoh’s. Pharaoh decreed only against the males; you have decreed against the males and females. Pharaoh decreed only concerning this world; you have decreed concerning this world and the world to come . . .
  –Miriam to Amram, when the Jewish leader separated from his wife in response to Pharaoh’s decree to drown all Jewish newborn males in the Nile (Talmud, Sotah 12a)
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