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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 236; Negative Commandment 289, 295

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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 236 (Digest)
Personal Injury

"If men quarrel, and one strikes the other..."Exodus 21:18.

The courts are commanded to adjudicate cases that involve personal injury caused by one person to another. [Monetary penalties are assessed to compensate for devaluation of the injured individual, pain sustained, medical bills, unemployment due to the injury, and shame incurred.]

Only an ordained court in the Land of Israel can adjudicate such cases [with the exception of medical bills and unemployment, that can be adjudicated by all rabbinical courts no matter the location].

Negative Commandment 289 (Digest)
Murder

"You shall not murder"Exodus 20:13.

It is forbidden to murder a fellow human.

Negative Commandment 295 (Digest)
Accepting a Ransom from an Intentional Murderer

"You shall take no ransom for the life of a murderer who is guilty of death"Numbers 35:31.

It is forbidden to take a monetary payment from a person guilty of murder to exempt him from capital punishment.


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
Every spiritual malady has a cure, except for pride
  –Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760)
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