Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 200; Negative Commandment 238

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Positive Commandment 200 (Digest)
Timely Remittance of Wages

"Give him his wage on the day it is due"Deuteronomy 24:15.

We are commanded to pay a daily worker in a timely fashion, and not to delay payment. A day worker collects his wages on the night that follows, and a night worker collects his wages on the following day. This mitzvah applies to all workers—whether Jewish or gentile.

Negative Commandment 238 (Digest)
Postponing Payment for a Hired Worker

"The wages of a hired worker shall not be left with you overnight until the morning"Leviticus 19:13.

It is forbidden to delay the timely payment of a hired worker. A day worker must be given his wages on the night that follows, and a night worker on the day that follows.

This prohibition applies only to a Jewish worker (as opposed to the positive commandment to pay in a timely fashion, which applies to both Jewish and non-Jewish workers).


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
A common misconception is that teshuvah ("repentance") is simply an antidote to sin, and thus applies only to sinners and lowly people. In truth, teshuvah is the soul's return to and restoration of its original purity, and applies to every soul that has descended into the human state.
  –Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi
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