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Daily Mitzvah (Rambam)

Day 255: Negative Commandment 269; Positive Commandment 204

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Negative Commandment 269 (Digest)
Disregarding a Lost Item

"You shall not ignore [it]"Deuteronomy 22:3.

It is forbidden to disregard a lost item. Rather, upon encountering a lost item one must take it and endeavor to return it to its owner.

Positive Commandment 204 (Digest)
Returning a Lost Article

"You shall surely bring it back to him"Exodus 23:4.

When coming across a lost item, we are required to take it and return it to its owner.

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Daily Quote
"I am a stranger and a resident amongst you" (Abraham to Ephron the Hittite, Genesis 23:4). The Jew is a "resident" in the world, for the Torah instructs us not escape the physical reality but to inhabit it and elevate it. At the same time, the Jew feels himself a "stranger" in the material world -- his true home is the world of spirituality, holiness and G-dliness from which his soul has been exiled and to which it yearns to return. Indeed, it is only because we remain a "stranger" that we can maintain the spiritual vision and integrity required to reside in the world and sanctify it as a "dwelling for G-d."
  –The Lubavitcher Rebbe
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