Get the best of Chabad.org content every week!
Find answers to fascinating Jewish questions, enjoy holiday tips and guides, read real-life stories and more!
ב"ה

Daily Mitzvah

Day 95: Positive Commandment 150, 151, 152; Negative Commandment 172, 174

Show content in:

Positive Commandment 150 (Digest)
Inspecting Birds for Kosher Signs

"You may eat all clean birds"Deuteronomy 14:11.

We are commanded to inspect fowl before consuming them, to ascertain whether they possess the signs that characterize non-kosher birds. The Torah doesn't specify signs for non-kosher fowl; rather, it supplies us with a list of forbidden fowl species. Nevertheless, when studying the group of the listed birds, we can isolate certain common signs that they all share.

Positive Commandment 151 (Digest)
Inspecting Grasshoppers for Kosher Signs

"Yet these you may eat of every flying creeping thing"Leviticus 11:21.

We are commanded to inspect grasshoppers before consuming them, to ascertain whether they possess the kosher sign: "jointed [leg like] extensions above their [regular] legs."

Positive Commandment 152 (Digest)
Inspecting Fish for Kosher Signs

"These you shall eat of all that is in the water"—Leviticus 11:9.

We are commanded to inspect fish before consuming them, to ascertain whether they possess the kosher signs [—fins and scales].

Negative Commandment 172 (Digest)
Non-Kosher Mammals

"These you shall not eat of those that [only] chew the cud or of those that [only] have the cloven hoof..."Deuteronomy 14:7.

It is forbidden to eat any mammal that doesn't possess both kosher signs—split hooves and chewing cud.

Negative Commandment 174 (Digest)
Non-Kosher Birds

"And these you shall detest among the birds, they shall not be eaten"—Leviticus 11:13.

It is forbidden to eat any non-kosher bird.

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 man without a woman is not an "Adam" ("Man"). For it is written (Genesis 5:2), "Male and female He created them... and He called their name Adam"
  –Rabbi Elazer (quoted in the Talmud, Yevamot 63a)
This page in other languages