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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 353; Positive Commandment 149

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Negative Commandment 353 (Digest)
Provocative Behavior

"No man shall come near to any of his relatives, to uncover [their] nakedness"Leviticus 18:6.

It is forbidden to derive pleasure from any of the women whom the Torah forbids us from marrying, by kissing, embracing and the like. For such behavior leads to actualizing the forbidden relationship.

Positive Commandment 149 (Digest)
Inspecting Animals for Kosher Signs

"These are the beasts which you shall eat"Leviticus 11:2.

We are commanded to inspect wild or domesticated mammals before consuming them, to ascertain whether they possess the kosher signs—i.e. split hooves and cud chewing.


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
Every sin creates a bad angel. But these are always weak and ill-formed angels, lacking vigor and limbs, for no Jew ever sins with a whole heart
  –Rabbi Zusha of Anipoli
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