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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 110

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Positive Commandment 110 (Digest)
Purification from Tzaraat

We are commanded that the purification process for tzaraat, whether the sort that afflicts humans or the sort that afflicts houses, should be through the procedure detailed in the Torah. This procedure includes the taking of [a piece of wood from a] cedar tree, hyssop, crimson thread, two birds, and well water. Then we do with these items all that the Torah prescribes, after which the individual or the house is purified.

[For the human metzora,] this is the first step of the purification process. [See Positive Commandment 111 for the second and final step.]

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
This is to teach us that taking in guests is greater than receiving the Divine Presence
  –Talmud, Shevuot 35b, commenting on the fact that Abraham interrupted a visit from G-d to invite three passing wayfarers into his tent (Genesis 18:4)
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