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DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Shabbat, January 21, 2006


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Tevet 21, 5766 * January 21, 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 141 of 339):

Positive Mitzvot 133, 143, 144

Positive Mitzvah 133: Challah: Dough Offering

-Numbers 15:20 "You shall offer up a cake of the first of your
dough as a gift"

Man's most staple food is bread.

HaShem granted us a Mitzvah which shows how our basic foods can
be connected with holiness.

The Torah commands us to separate a portion of the dough which we
use to bake bread and present it to the priest.

Does your mother bake her own Challah for Shabbat? If she does, she
can fulfill this Mitzvah by separating a portion of the dough.

Since the Beit HaMikdash has not yet been rebuilt, and the priests
are unfit to serve in it, this portion cannot be given.

However, it is still considered holy and must be treated accordingly.

There are laws concerning the types of dough used, the blessing to
be recited, and what to do with the separated portion.

These laws should be studied and followed.

This Positive Mitzvah is a very special one for women and girls
and brings great blessing into the Jewish home.


Positive Mitzvah 143: The Priestly Portion of Meat

-Deuteronomy 18:3 "And this shall be the priests' portion from
the people"

The priests dedicate their life to the service of HaShem in the
Beit HaMikdash. It is proper for the people, whom they represent
and benefit, to supply them with their needs.

In addition to the portions they receive from the sacrifices, this
Positive Mitzvah commands us to give the priest certain portions of
every animal slaughtered.


Positive Mitzvah 144: The Priestly Portion of Fleece

-Deuteronomy 18:4 "And the first of the fleece of your sheep
(shearing), you shall give him"

It takes quite a while for a newborn lamb to grow and develop into
a full grown sheep.

The owner tends gently and patiently to his flock until the time
arrives for him to benefit from their wool.

Carefully, he does the shearing, thinking about the profit he will
make from the wool.

This Positive Mitzvah makes him stop and think about others who do
not tend to their own private livelihoods, but are committed to the
service of HaShem.

The Torah commands us to give the first portion of the wool to the


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