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Daily Mitzvah

Day 58: Positive Commandment 169

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Positive Commandment 169 (Digest)
Taking the Four Species

"And you shall take for yourselves on the first day..."Leviticus 23:40.

We are commanded to take a lulav (palm branch) [along with willows, myrtles and a citron] and rejoice before G‑d on the seven days of the holiday of Sukkot.

Only in the area of the Holy Temple is this mitzvah biblically mandatory for the seven days of the holiday. In all other locations, the biblical obligation extends only to the first day of the holiday.

Women are exempt from this mitzvah.

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.
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A leader must remember at all times and at every moment that he always stands on the threshold between being one of those who bring merit to the public and, G-d forbid, one of those who cause the public to sin - the threshold between the loftiest of heights and the most abysmal depth
  –Rabbi Sholom DovBer of Lubavitch
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