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Daily Mitzvah (Rambam)

Day 53: Positive Commandment 166; Negative Commandment 327; Positive Commandment 167; Negative Commandment 328, 199

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Positive Commandment 166 (Digest)
Resting on the First Day of Sukkot

"On the first day [of Sukkot] there shall be a holy convocation"Leviticus 23:35.

We sanctify the fifteenth of Tishrei, the first day of Sukkot, by resting on that day—defined as abstaining from any creative work, with the exception of work needed for food purposes.

Negative Commandment 327 (Digest)
Working on the First Day of Sukkot

"...You shall do no servile work"Leviticus 23:35.

It is forbidden to engage in creative work—with the exception of work needed for food purposes—on the fifteenth of Tishrei, the first day of Sukkot.

Positive Commandment 167 (Digest)
Resting on Shemini Atzeret

"On the eighth day, there shall be a holy convocation for you"Leviticus 23:36.

We sanctify Shemini Atzeret, the twenty-second of Tishrei, the eighth day from the first day of Sukkot, by resting on that day—defined as abstaining from any creative work, with the exception of work needed for food purposes.

Negative Commandment 328 (Digest)
Working on Shemini Atzeret

"...You shall do no servile work"—Leviticus 23:36.

It is forbidden to engage in creative work—with the exception of work needed for food purposes—on Shemini Atzeret, the twenty-second of Tishrei.

Negative Commandment 199 (Digest)
Eating Chametz after Noon of the Fourteenth of Nissan

"You shall eat no leavened bread upon it"Deuteronomy 16:3.

We are forbidden to eat chametz (leavened foods) after midday of the fourteenth of Nissan. As the Torah says, "You shall eat no leavened bread upon it"—"it" referring to the Paschal Offering, which was offered after midday on the eve of Passover.

(The Sages extended this prohibition to include a time period before midday, to prevent anyone from inadvertently consuming chametz after midday, when it is biblically forbidden.)

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When a person comes to a Rebbe and seeks his counsel and assistance in dealing with a spiritual malady, the Rebbe must first find the same blemish, if only in the most subtle of forms, in his own soul; only then can the Rebbe help him to refine and perfect his self and character. This is the deeper significance of that which our sages have said, "the faults of a generation rest with its heads and leaders."
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