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Daily Mitzvah

Day 117: Positive Commandment 115, 116, 117

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Positive Commandment 115 (Digest)
Donating Animals

"He shall present the animal before the priest and the priest shall evaluate it"Leviticus 27:11-12.

If a person pledges to give a non-kosher animal [or a kosher animal not fit to be brought as a sacrifice] to G‑d, he must follow the law prescribed in the Torah.

Positive Commandment 116 (Digest)
Donating Houses

"And if a man shall sanctify his house, holy to G‑d...the priest shall evaluate it"Leviticus 27:14.

If a person pledges to give a house to G‑d, he must follow the law prescribed in the Torah.

Positive Commandment 117 (Digest)
Donating Fields

"And if a man shall dedicate part of his field"Leviticus 27:16-22.

If a person pledges to give a field to G‑d, he must follow the law prescribed in the Torah. The procedure varies depending whether it is an ancestral field or a field that one acquired.

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
Everything is placed in pledge, and a net is spread over all the living. The store is open, the storekeeper extends credit, the account-book lies open, the hand writes, and all who wish to borrow may come and borrow. The collection-officers make their rounds every day and exact payment from man, with his knowledge and without his knowledge. Their case is well founded, the judgement is a judgement of truth, and ultimately, all is prepared for the feast.
  –Rabbi Akiva (Ethics of the Fathers 3:16)
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