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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
The day begins with Modeh Ani ("I acknowledge before You, living and eternal King, that You restored my soul to me; great is Your faithfulness"). This is said before the morning washing of the hands, even while the hands are ritually impure (and all other prayers cannot be said). The deeper reason for this is that all the impurities in the world do not defile a Jew's "I acknowledge" before G-d; he might lack one thing or another, but his Modeh Ani remains intact.
  –The Lubavitcher Rebbe (Hayom Yom for Shevat 11)
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