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Positive Commandment 72

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Positive Commandment 72 (Digest)
The "Adjustable" Sin Offering

"And if a person sins... he shall bring his guilt offering... but if he cannot afford..."Leviticus 5:1.

The following individuals have to bring an "Adjustable" Sin Offering (Korban Oleh V'yored) for their transgressions:

  • One who contracted a cardinal ritual impurity and inadvertently entered the Holy Temple.
  • One who contracted a cardinal ritual impurity and inadvertently consumed sacrificial flesh.
  • One who swore to do, or not to do, a certain act, and inadvertently violated his vow.
  • One who was called by his fellow to testify on his behalf and falsely swore that he had not what to testify.

This is called an "adjustable" sacrifice for the species brought [animal, fowl or meal] is dependent on the transgressor's financial means.


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.
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When a rooster has wallowed in the dust, a thousand people with a thousand combs cannot clean it; but with a single vigorous shake, the rooster can free himself of every last speck of dust
  –The Chassidic masters
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