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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 133, 143, 144

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Positive Commandment 133 (Digest)
The Dough Offering ("Challah")

"You shall offer up a cake of the first of your dough as a gift"Numbers 15:20.

We are commanded to separate a portion of every dough we prepare and give it to the priest.

Positive Commandment 143 (Digest)
The Priestly Portion of Meat

"And this shall be the priests' due from the people, from those who perform a slaughter, be it an ox or a sheep"—Deuteronomy 18:3.

We are commanded to give to the priest the foreleg, jaw, and belly of any kosher animal that we slaughter.

Positive Commandment 144 (Digest)
The Priestly Portion of Fleece

"The first of the fleece of your sheep [shearing], you shall give him"Deuteronomy 18:4.

We are commanded to separate the first portion of [a sheep's] shearing and give it to the priest.

This mitzvah applies only in the Land of Israel.

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
An ox was once being led to sacrifice, but would not budge. A poor man came along with a bundle of endive in his hand. He held it out towards the ox, which ate it... and then allowed itself to be led to sacrifice. In a dream it was revealed to the owner of the ox: "The poor man's sacrifice superceded yours."
  –Midrash Rabbah
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