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Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 17

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Positive Commandment 17 (Digest)
The King's Torah Scroll

"And it shall be, when [the king] sits upon the throne of his kingdom, and he shall write for himself a copy of this Torah"Deuteronomy 17:18.

A Jewish king is required to write (or acquire) for himself a Torah Scroll—from which he does not part all the days of his reign.

This scroll is in addition to the scroll he already wrote (or acquired) for himself before he ascended the throne (pursuant to Positive Commandment 18).


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
Remember what Amalek did to you on the road, on your way out of Egypt. That he encountered you on the way and cut off those lagging to your rear, when you were tired and exhausted; he did not fear G-d. And it shall come to pass, when the L-rd your G-d has given you rest from all your enemies round about, in the land which the L-rd your G-d is giving you for an inheritance to possess it, that you shall obliterate the memory of Amalek from under the heavens. Do not forget.
  –Zachor reading, Deuteronomy 25:17-19
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