Tuesday, December 06, 2005

DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Wednesday, December 7, 2005


Kislev 6, 5766 * December 7, 2005

D A I L Y M I T Z V A H (M A I M O N I D E S )

Today's Mitzvot (Day 96 of 339):

Negative Mitzvot 173, 175, 176, 177, 178

Negative Mitzvah 173: It is forbidden to eat non-kosher fish

-Leviticus 11:11 And they shall be a detestable thing to you,
you shall not eat their meat"

The Torah gives us two signs to look for in fish (See Positive
Mitzvah 152), in order to determine if the fish is kosher.

They must have fins and scales. Any fish which does not have both
these signs (even if it does have one of them) is not considered


Negative Mitzvah 175: It is forbidden to eat any flying insects

-Deuteronomy 14:19 "And every creeping thing that flies is
unclean to you: they shall not be eaten"

Most flying insects such as flies, bees, and hornets are not
kosher and we are forbidden to eat them. In regard to locusts
and grasshoppers, the Torah gives specific signs which we must
look for, (see Positive Mitzvah 151). If they have these signs
- we may eat them.


Negative Mitzvah 176: It is forbidden to eat any land insects.

-Leviticus 11:41 "And every creeping thing that creeps upon
the earth is a detestable thing; it shall not
be eaten"

We are forbidden to eat insects that breed on the land. For
example; worms, roaches, or ants.


Negative Mitzvah 177: It is forbidden to eat any insects that live
in decaying or molding objects

-Leviticus 11:44 Neither shall you defile yourselves (by eating)
any manner of creatures that creep upon the

This Negative Mitzvah additionally warns us that any insect which
lives in decaying or molding matter, is forbidden, even if the
insect leaves and lives elsewhere.


Negative Mitzvah 178: It is forbidden to eat insects that
developed inside fruit or seeds

-Leviticus 11:42 "Among all creeping things that creep upon the
earth, you shall not eat them for they are an

This Negative Mitzvah cautions us not to eat those insects that
have developed inside a seed or a fruit, even after they have
emerged from the seed or fruit or if we find them in our food.


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