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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 205, 206, 208, 207

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Negative Commandment 205 (Digest)
A Nazirite Eating Grape Seeds

"...from the seed to its skin he shall not eat "Numbers 6:4.

A nazirite may not eat grape seeds.

Negative Commandment 206 (Digest)
A Nazirite Eating Grape Peels

"...its skin he shall not eat "Numbers 6:4.

A nazirite may not eat grape peels.

Negative Commandment 208 (Digest)
A Nazirite under the Same Roof as a Corpse

"He shall not come near to a dead body"Numbers 6:6.

A nazirite may not make himself ritually impure by entering the same roofed area as a corpse.

Negative Commandment 207 (Digest)
A Nazirite's Ritual Purity

"For his father, his mother . . . he shall not make himself impure"Numbers 6:7.

A nazirite may not allow himself to become ritually impure—the sort of impurity contracted through contact with a corpse.


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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