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Daily Mitzvah

Day 179: Negative Commandment 114; Positive Commandment 55; Negative Commandment 115, 116

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Important Message Regarding This Lesson

The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily study of 3 chapters of Maimonides' 14-volume code. There are instances when the Mitzvah is repeated a few days consecutively while the exploration of the same Mitzvah continues in the in-depth track.

Negative Commandment 114 (Digest)
Shearing an Animal Designated for Sacrifice

"And do not shear the firstborn of your sheep"Deuteronomy 15:19.

It is forbidden to shear an animal designated for sacrifice.

Positive Commandment 55 (Digest)
The Paschal Offering

"And the entire assembly of the congregation of Israel shall slaughter it in the afternoon"Exodus 12:6.

Every individual is commanded to offer [or participate on a group that is offering] the Paschal Sacrifice on the afternoon of the fourteenth of Nissan [the eve of Passover]—even if this day falls on the Shabbat.

Negative Commandment 115 (Digest)
Sacrificing the Paschal Offering with Chametz in One's Possession

"You shall not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread"Exodus 23:18.

It is forbidden to have chametz (leavened bread) in one's possession from the onset of the time when the Paschal Offering is brought—noon of the fourteenth of Nissan [the eve of Passover].

This prohibition applies to all those who are participating in the eating of the sacrifice, the priest who slaughters it, the priest who sprinkles its blood on the altar, and the priest who offers its fats on the altar.

Negative Commandment 116 (Digest)
Leaving Overnight the Fats of the Paschal Offering

"Neither shall the fat of My sacrifice remain until the morning"Exodus 23:18.

It is forbidden to leave unsacrificed the fats of the Paschal Offering that are designated to be burnt on the altar, until they become invalid for offering [i.e., until the following morning].

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
Seven things are hidden from man: the day of death, the day of the Redemption, the absolute truth in a judgment; also, no man knows how he will earn a livelihood, what is in his neighbor's heart, what a woman is bearing, and when the wicked will fall.
  –Midrash Rabbah
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