Sunday, January 15, 2006

DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Monday, January 16, 2006


Tevet 16, 5766 * January 16, 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 136 of 339):

Negative Mitzvot 150, 151

Negative Mitzvah 150: We are forbidden to eat Ma'aser Sheini while

-Deuteronomy 26:14 "Neither have I consumed any part of it while

This Negative Mitzvah applies to the manner of eating Ma'aser
Sheini. (See Introduction to Negative Mitzvot 141-144.)

This is a portion of our harvest, set aside to be brought up to
Jerusalem and eaten there. This Negative Mitzvah prohibits one
who is impure from eating the Ma'aser Sheini.


Negative Mitzvah 151. An "Onan" is prohibited from eating Ma'aser

-Deuteronomy 26:14 "I have not eaten of it in my mourning"

A person who has just suffered the loss of a close relative is
prohibited from eating Ma'aser Sheini and must follow the Torah's
rules for mourning.

From the day of the death until the burial, such a person is
called an "Onan".

There are many detailed laws which apply to this first day of
mourning. One of them concerns Ma'aser Sheini.

Ma'aser Sheini should be eaten in an atmosphere of joy and
gratefulness, celebrating all that HaShem has given us.

Obviously, an "Onan" cannot ignore his feelings of sorrow.
Therefore, he is forbidden to eat the Ma'aser Sheini.


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