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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 145; Negative Commandment 110

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Positive Commandment 145 (Digest)
Sanctified Objects ("Cherem")

"However, a cherem that a man shall vow to set aside for G‑d from anything he possesses, whether human or beast"Leviticus 27:28.

Anything sanctified as cherem must be given to a priest (unless the person specified that it is "cherem to G‑d," in which case it is donated to the Temple coffers).

Negative Commandment 110 (Digest)
Selling Sanctified Objects ("Cherem")

"No cherem thing...shall be sold"Leviticus 27:28.

Any object that is sanctified as cherem [and consequently must be given to a priest] may not be sold—even to the Temple treasurer.


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
The etrog has both a taste and an aroma; so, too, do the people of Israel include individuals who have both Torah learning and good deeds.... The date (the fruit of the lulav) has a taste but does not have an aroma; so, too, do the people of Israel include individuals who have Torah but do not have good deeds.... The hadas (myrtle) has an aroma but not a taste; so, too, do the people of Israel include individuals who have good deeds but do not have Torah.... The aravah (willow) has no taste and no aroma; so, too, do the people of Israel include individuals who do not have Torah and do not have good deeds.... Says G-d: "Let them all bond together in one bundle and atone for each other."
  –Midrash Rabbah, Vayikra 30:11
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