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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 193, 153, 194; Positive Commandment 146

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Negative Commandment 193 (Digest)
Vegetables or Grains Grown in a Vineyard

"Lest the seed that increase become forbidden"—Deuteronomy 22:9.

If vegetables or grains grew in a vineyard, it is forbidden to consume both the grapes as well as the vegetables or grain.

This biblical prohibition only applies in the land of Israel.

Negative Commandment 153 (Digest)
Untithed Produce

"And they shall not profane the holy things of the children of Israel, that which they offer to G‑d"Leviticus 22:15.

It is forbidden to partake of produce before all the requisite tithes – those that belong to the kohen, Levite, the poor, and the tithe that is separated and eaten in Jerusalem – are separated.

Negative Commandment 194 (Digest)
Idolatrous Libations

"Who eat the fat of their sacrifices, and drink the wine of their libations"Deuteronomy 32:38.

It is forbidden to drink wine that was used as a libation for an idol.

Positive Commandment 146 (Digest)
Slaughtering

"And you shall slaughter of your cattle and of your sheep...as I have commanded you"—Deuteronomy 12:21.

We are commanded to ritually slaughter [animals and fowl] if wishing to eat from their flesh. Only through slaughter is flesh rendered fit for consumption.


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
They hung it from two poles, each with two men at each end; thus it required eight men to carry the cluster of grapes. One man carried a fig, and one a pomegranate
  –Rashi on Numbers 13:23, describing how the Spies brought back the fruit of the Land of Canaan
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