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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 111, 215

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Negative Commandment 111 (Digest)
Redeeming Sanctified Property ("Cherem")

"No cherem...shall be redeemed"Leviticus 27:28.

It is forbidden to redeem an object that is sanctified as cherem, exchanging it for its monetary value. Rather, the cherem itself must be given to the priest.

Negative Commandment 215 (Digest)
Planting a Mixture of Seeds

"You shall not sow your field with mingled seeds"Leviticus 19:19.

It is forbidden – in the Land of Israel – to plant together a mixture of different types of seeds.

Included in this precept is the universal prohibition against grafting together different species.


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
[We are all one] by virtue of the source of [our] souls in the One G-d; only the bodies are separated. Thus, for those who give major consideration to their bodies while regarding their souls as of secondary importance, there can be no true love and brotherhood among them, but only [a love] which is dependent on a [transitory] thing. This is what Hillel the Elder meant when he said in regard to the fulfillment of this commandment [--love of one's fellow], "This is the entire Torah; the rest is but commentary... " For the basis and root of the entire Torah is to raise and exalt the soul high above the body, reaching unto the Source and Root of all the worlds
  –Tanya, chapter 32
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