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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 15, 18

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Positive Commandment 15 (Digest)
The Mezuzah

"And you shall write them upon the doorposts of your house and upon your gates"—Deuteronomy 6:9.

We are commanded to place mezuzahs on our doorposts.

Positive Commandment 18 (Digest)
A Personal Torah Scroll

"Write this song for yourselves"Deuteronomy 31:19.

Every male is required to acquire a complete Torah Scroll for himself. Better yet if he can write one himself—then it is considered "as if he received it from Sinai"!

One cannot suffice with a scroll that he inherits from his father or ancestors, rather one must write or acquire one oneself.


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
Rabbi Elazar ben Shamua would say: The honor of your student should be as precious to you as your own; the honor of your colleague, as your awe of your master; and your awe of your master as your awe of Heaven.
  –Ethics of the Fathers 4: 12
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