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Daily Mitzvah (Rambam)

Day 18: Positive Commandment 73

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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.

Positive Commandment 73 (Digest)
Confessing Sins

"And he shall confess that he has sinned"Leviticus 5:5.

One who has sinned is obligated to verbally confess and say, "Please, G‑d, I have sinned by doing..." The individual should then elaborate to the best of his ability and ask G‑d for atonement. This mitzvah applies whether the sin was against G‑d or against a fellow man.

Even in the times of the Holy Temple when a person would bring a sin-offering to attain forgiveness, he was still required to orally confess his sin. The same for those who were guilty of capital offenses, they were asked to confess their sin prior to their execution.

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Daily Quote
This is why the Torah is likened to water: just as water descends from a high place to a low place, so does the Torah descend from its place of glory, which is the will and wisdom of G-d, {where) the Torah and the holy One, Blessed Be He are one and no mind can grasp Him at all; and from there it journeys and descends through hidden stages, level after level, until it becomes enclothed in material things and matters of this world, which is [the subject] of virtually all the Torah's commandments.
  –Tanya, chapter 4
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