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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 84, 85; Negative Commandment 90

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Positive Commandment 84 (Digest)
Offering Sacrifices in the Chosen Sanctuary

"And there, you shall do all that I command you..."Deuteronomy 12:14.

We are commanded to only offer sacrifices in the Holy Temple.

Positive Commandment 85 (Digest)
Bringing Pledged Sacrifices from Outside Israel

"Only the holy things which you have, and your vows, you shall take and go to the place"Deuteronomy 12:26.

We are commanded to bring all sacrifices – Sin, Burnt, Guilt and Peace Offerings – to the Holy Temple, though the person and the animal are outside of Israel, and despite the long journey involved.

Negative Commandment 90 (Digest)
Slaughtering Sacrifices outside the Holy Temple

"...who slaughters an ox, a lamb, or a goat inside the camp, or who slaughters outside the camp, but does not bring it to the entrance of the Tent of Meeting to offer up as a sacrifice to G‑d . . . this shall be counted for that man as blood; he has shed blood, and that man shall be cut off"Leviticus 17:3.

It is forbidden to slaughter outside the Holy Temple any animal designated for sacrifice.


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
Freedom of choice has been granted to every man: if he desires to turn toward a good path and be righteous, the ability to do so is in his hands; and if he desires to turn toward an evil path and be wicked, the ability to do so is in his hands...
This is a fundamental principle and a pillar of the Torah and its commandments. For if G-d were to decree that a person be righteous or wicked; of if there were to exist something in the very essence of a person's nature which would compel him toward a specific path, a specific conviction, a specific character trait or a specific deed... how could G-d command us through the prophets 'do this' and 'do not do that'...? What place would the entire Torah have? And by what measure of justice would G-d punish the wicked and reward the righteous?
  –Mishneh Torah, Laws of Repentance 5:1-3
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