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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 173, 175, 176, 177, 178

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Negative Commandment 173 (Digest)
Non-Kosher Fish

"And they shall be a detestable thing to you, you shall not eat from their meat, and their carcasses you shall hold in abomination"Leviticus 11:11.

It is forbidden to eat any non-kosher fish.

Negative Commandment 175 (Digest)
Flying Insects

"And every creeping flying thing is unclean to you: they shall not be eaten"Deuteronomy 14:19.

It is forbidden to eat any flying insect, such as flies, bees or hornets.

Negative Commandment 176 (Digest)
Creeping Land Creatures

"And every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth is a detestable thing; it shall not be eaten"Leviticus 11:41.

It is forbidden to eat any creature that creeps on the ground, such as bugs or worms.

Negative Commandment 177 (Digest)
Insects that are Born from Decay

"You shall not defile yourselves [by eating] any creeping creature that creeps upon the earth"—Leviticus 11:44.

It is forbidden to eat any species of creature that is born from rotted matter (as opposed to creatures conceived from a male and female).

Negative Commandment 178 (Digest)
Insects that Develop inside Fruit or Seeds

"Among all creeping things that creep upon the earth, you shall not eat them for they are an abomination"Leviticus 11:42.

It is forbidden to eat any living creature that is born within fruits or seeds—once they have exited the fruit or seed (even if they have now reentered).


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.
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You are children of the L-rd, your G-d
  –Deuteronomy 14:1
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