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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 200, 201; Positive Commandment 158

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Negative Commandment 200 (Digest)
Allowing Chametz to be Seen

"And there shall be no leavened bread seen in your possession, neither shall leaven be seen within all your property"Exodus 13:7.

No chametz (leavened foods) may be seen in our possession for the duration of the holiday of Passover.

Negative Commandment 201 (Digest)
Owning Chametz

"Seven days there shall be no leaven found in your houses"—Exodus 12:19.

No chametz (leavened foods) may be in our possession on Passover, even if it is not visible, even if it belongs to another [Jew].

Positive Commandment 158 (Digest)
Eating Matzah

"In the evening [of the fifteenth of Nissan] you shall eat unleavened bread"Exodus 12:18.

We are commanded to eat matzah, unleavened bread, on the eve of the fifteenth of Nissan, the first night 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
Why was the First Temple destroyed? Because there was idolatry, promiscuity and murder. But the Second Temple, at which time they were occupied in Torah, mitzvot and charity, why was it destroyed? Because there was baseless hatred between them.
  –Talmud, Yoma 9b
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