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Daily Mitzvah

Day 86: Positive Commandment 223; Negative Commandment 104

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Positive Commandment 223 (Digest)
The Suspected Adulteress

"Should any man's wife go astray"Numbers 5:12.

In the event that a woman is suspected of adultery [and there is significant circumstantial evidence pointing to her infidelity], we are commanded to follow the pertinent laws detailed in the Torah. This includes her bringing a special meal offering in the Holy Temple and drinking a special potion.

Negative Commandment 104 (Digest)
Oil on the Suspected Adulteress' Meal Offering

"He shall pour no oil upon it"Numbers 5:15.

It is forbidden to mix oil into the suspected adulteress' meal offering [as is done by almost all other meal offerings].

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
[We are all one] by virtue of the source of [our] souls in the One G-d; only the bodies are separated. Thus, for those who give major consideration to their bodies while regarding their souls as of secondary importance, there can be no true love and brotherhood among them, but only [a love] which is dependent on a [transitory] thing. This is what Hillel the Elder meant when he said in regard to the fulfillment of this commandment [--love of one's fellow], "This is the entire Torah; the rest is but commentary... " For the basis and root of the entire Torah is to raise and exalt the soul high above the body, reaching unto the Source and Root of all the worlds
  –Tanya, chapter 32
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