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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 179, 180, 188

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Negative Commandment 179 (Digest)
Creeping Creatures or Insects

"You shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creeps, neither shall you make yourselves unclean with them"Leviticus 11:43.

It is forbidden to eat any creeping creature or insect.

Though there are other prohibitions regarding specific types of insects and creeping creatures (e.g., flying ones, ones that creep on the ground), this prohibition adds a second "encompassing" prohibition on all sorts of creeping creatures, so that one who eats a specific type of creeping creature has transgressed two commandments.

Negative Commandment 180 (Digest)
Creatures that were not Properly Slaughtered

"You shall not eat any carcass "Deuteronomy 14:21.

It is forbidden to eat any [kosher animal, beast or bird] that has died [without being ritually slaughtered].

Negative Commandment 188 (Digest)
The Flesh of a Condemned Ox

"And his flesh shall not be eaten"—Exodus 21:28.

It is forbidden to eat of the flesh of an ox [or any other animal] condemned to death by the courts [e.g., for killing a human].

This prohibition holds even if the ox was properly slaughtered before the sentence was carried out.


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
This all the nations of the world must know: only our bodies were sent into exile and subjugated to alien rule; our souls were not given over into captivity and foreign rule... In any matter affecting the Jewish religion, the Torah, and its mitzvot and customs, we are not subject to the dictates of any power
  –Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitche (quoted by his son, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchak Schneersohn, at the Leningrad train station upon being sent to exile by the Soviet regime in 1927)
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