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Daily Mitzvah (Rambam)

Day 68: Positive Commandment 59; Laws of Megillah and Chanukah Chapters 1; and 2

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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 59 (Digest)
Blowing Trumpets

"On the day of your joy, on your holidays and on the heads of your months you shall blow with trumpets"Numbers 10:10.

We are commanded to blow trumpets while the sacrifices offered on special dates were being offered in the Holy Temple.

We are also commanded to blow trumpets during times of distress, to accompany our prayer to G‑d.

Laws of Megillah and Chanukah Chapters 1 and 2

We now continue with Maimonides' Laws of Megillah and Chanukah, chapters one and two.

(The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily study of three chapters of Maimonides' 14-volume code, which today studies these laws. Because these two mitzvot are rabbinic, not biblical, they have no counterpart in Sefer Hamitzvot.)

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
“On the fifteenth day of the seventh month is a seven-day festival of Sukkot to G‑d . . . The eighth day shall be a holy occasion for you . . . a [day of] detention (‘atzeret’).”
[This is comparable to] a king who invited his children for a banquet of several days. When it came time for them to go, he said to them: “My children, please, stay with me one more day—your parting is difficult for me . . .”
  –Leviticus 23:34–36; Rashi’s commentary, ibid.
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