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Daily Mitzvah

Day 159: Positive Commandment 63; Negative Commandment 146; Positive Commandment 64

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Positive Commandment 63 (Digest)
Procedure of the Burnt Offering

"When a man from [among] you brings a sacrifice to G‑d . . . If his sacrifice is a burnt offering from cattle..."Leviticus 1:2-3.

When offering an Olah (completely burnt) sacrifice – whether it's a communal sacrifice or a personal offering – we are commanded to follow the applicable procedure outlined in the Torah.

Negative Commandment 146 (Digest)
Partaking of the Burnt Offering

"You may not eat within your gates...the vows which you vow"Deuteronomy 12:17.

It is forbidden to partake of the flesh of the Olah (burnt) sacrifice—whether before its blood was sprinkled on the altar or afterward, whether in the Holy Temple or outside of it.

This prohibition includes deriving benefit from any of the holy properties [aside for those which the Torah permits].

Positive Commandment 64 (Digest)
Procedure of the Sin Offering

"This is the law of the sin-offering..."Leviticus 6:18.

When offering a Chatat (sin) offering, we are commanded to follow the applicable procedure outlined in the Torah—regarding its slaughter and the parts of the animal that are burnt on the altar and the parts that are consumed [by the priests].

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
If you only knew the power of verses of Psalms and their effect in the highest Heavens, you would recite them constantly. Know that the chapters of Psalms shatter all barriers, they ascend higher and still higher with no interference; they prostrate themselves in supplication before the Master of all worlds, and they effect and accomplish with kindness and compassion
  –Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch ("Tzemach Tzeddek, 1789-1866)
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