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Daily Mitzvah

Negative Commandment 148; Positive Commandment 132

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Negative Commandment 148 (Digest)
Consuming First Fruits outside of Jerusalem

"You may not eat within your gates...the offering of your hand"Deuteronomy 12:17.

It is forbidden for a priest to consume bikurim (the First Fruits) outside of Jerusalem.

Positive Commandment 132 (Digest)
Declaration of the First Fruits

"And you shall call out and say before G‑d, your G‑d: 'An Aramean [sought to] destroy my father..."—Deuteronomy 26:5.

When bringing the First Fruit to the Holy Temple, the owner is commanded to speak of G‑d's kindness towards us and express gratitude to G‑d for saving us ever since the times of Jacob, and rescuing us from the slavery and the tormenting of the Egyptians. The owner then beseeches G‑d to continue showering blessing upon us.

Women are not obligated to make this declaration.


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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Daily Quote
And it will come to pass, when all these things befall you -- the blessing and the curse which I have set before you -- that you will consider in your heart, among all the nations where the L-rd your G-d has banished you. And you will return to the L-rd your God with all your heart and with all your soul... Then the L-rd your G-d will bring back your exiles... Even if your exiles are at the end of the heavens, the L-rd your G-d will gather you from there... and He will bring you to the land which your forefathers possessed, and you will take possession of it; and He will do good to you, and He will make you more numerous than your forefathers...
  –Deuteronomy 30:1-5