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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 159; Negative Commandment 323; Positive Commandment 160; Negative Commandment 324

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Positive Commandment 159 (Digest)
Resting on the First Day of Passover

"And on the first day, there shall be a holy convocation"Exodus 12:16.

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

Negative Commandment 323 (Digest)
Working on the First Day of Passover

"No manner of work shall be done"Exodus 12:16.

It is forbidden to engage in creative work — with the exception of work needed for food purposes — on the fifteenth of Nissan, the First Day of Passover.

Positive Commandment 160 (Digest)
Resting on the Seventh Day of Passover

"And on the seventh day [of Passover] there shall be a holy convocation"Exodus 12:16.

We are commanded to rest on the 21st of Nissan, the Seventh Day of Passover, by abstaining from any creative work, with the exception of work needed for food purposes.

Negative Commandment 324 (Digest)
Working on the Seventh Day of Passover

"No manner of work shall be done"Exodus 12:16.

It is forbidden to engage in creative work — with the exception of work needed for food purposes — on the 21st of Nissan, the Seventh Day of Passover.


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
If there be a prophet among you, I, G-d, make myself known to him in a vision, and speak to him in a dream. Not so My servant Moses; for he is the trusted one in all My house. With him I speak mouth to mouth, manifestly, and not in riddles; and the similitude of G-d does he behold. Why, then, were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?
  –Numbers 12:6-8
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