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Daily Mitzvah

Day 210: Positive Commandment 110

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Positive Commandment 110 (Digest)
Purification from Tzaraat

We are commanded that the purification process for tzaraat, whether the sort that afflicts humans or the sort that afflicts houses, should be through the procedure detailed in the Torah. This procedure includes the taking of [a piece of wood from a] cedar tree, hyssop, crimson thread, two birds, and well water. Then we do with these items all that the Torah prescribes, after which the individual or the house is purified.

[For the human metzora,] this is the first step of the purification process. [See Positive Commandment 111 for the second and final step.]

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
When a person is uprooted from his habitual environment... there come to light certain traits of his inner character as they are in their purity, undistorted by the expectations of society. Often, these traits reveal the hidden good in this person, of which perhaps even he himself had been unaware, because they were hidden under the layers of “manners” and social conventions. Fortunate is the person who does not allow these traits to disappear when he subsequently settles down and finds tranquility.
  –From a 1944 letter by the Lubavitcher Rebbe, recalling his days as a refugee in Vichy France
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