Thursday, January 05, 2006

DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Friday, January 6, 2006


Tevet 6, 5766 * January 6, 2006

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 126 of 339):

Positive Mitzvot 126 and 129

Positive Mitzvah 126: The Priestly Portion

-Deuteronomy 18:4 "The first shall give him~

(This Mitzvah applies only in Eretz Yisrael.)

A Jew is commanded to give the priest the first portion of grain,
wine and oil.

Our Sages also included in this Positive Mitzvah the obligation
to give him portions from other produce as well.


Positive Mitzvah 129: The Levite's Priestly Gifts

-Numbers 18:26 "Speak to the Levites...then you shall offer up from
it a gift for the L-rd, a tenth part of the tithe"

(This Mitzvah applies only in Eretz Yisrael.)

Sammy was a young boy who came from a family of eight children.

His allowance was small, compared with that of his friends, and he
could not treat them at the candy store like his other friends often

One Purim, Sammy's class put on a play in a home for the elderly.

Sammy had the main part. The people loved the play and when it
was over, the director of the home presented Sammy with a box of

Sammy was delighted to share the chocolate with his friends,
even though it was intended just for him. He was pleased with the
opportunity to give others from the candy that the director gave him.

The Levites serving HaShem in the Beit HaMikdash are also awarded
an opportunity of fulfilling the Mitzvah of "giving a tithe" that
HaShem commanded the rest of the Jews. Though the Levites do not own
land, they were also granted the chance to give.

They are commanded to separate a tithe from the portion they receive
and give it to the priest (see Positive Mitzvah 127).

Thus, they too, can share with others.


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