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TODAY IN JUDAISM: Shabbat, January 25, 2014

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Today is: Shabbat, Shvat 24, 5774 · January 25, 2014
Today’s Laws & Customs

• Blessing the New Month

This Shabbat is Shabbat Mevarchim (“the Shabbat that blesses” the new month): a special prayer is recited blessing the Rosh Chodesh (“Head of the Month”) of upcoming month of Adar I, which falls on Friday and Shabbat of next week.

Prior to the blessing, we announce the precise time of the molad, the “birth” of the new moon. Click here for molad times.

It is a Chabad custom to recite the entire book of Psalms before morning prayers, and to conduct farbrengens (chassidic gatherings) in the course of the Shabbat.

Links: On the Significance of Shabbat MevarchimTehillim (the Book of Psalms);The Farbrengen

Today in Jewish History

• Zachariah’s Prophecy (351 BCE)

“On the 24th day of the 11th month, which is the month of Shevat, in the second year of the reign of Darius, the word of G-d came to Zachariah the son of Berechiah the son of Ido the prophet, saying:
‘…I will return to Jerusalem in mercy, my house will be built within her…and the Lord shall yet console Zion and shall yet choose Jerusalem.'” (Zechariah 1:7-17)

This was two years before the completion of the 2nd Temple on the 3rd of Adar, 3412 (349 BCE).

• Passing of Rebbetzin Menuchah Rachel (1888)

Rebbetzin Menuchah Rachel Slonim, daughter of Rabbi DovBer of Lubavitch and granddaughter of Rabbi Schneur Zalman of Liadi, was born on Kislev 19, 5559(1798) — the very day on which her illustrious grandfather was freed from his imprisonment in the Peter-Paul Fortress in Petersburg; she was thus named “Menuchah”, meaning “tranquility” (Rachel was the name of a daughter of Rabbi Schneur Zalman who died in her youth).

The Rebbetzin’s lifelong desire to live in the Holy Land was realized in 1845, when she and her husband, Rabbi Yaakov Culi Slonim (d. 1857), led a contingent of Chassidim who settled in Hebron. Famed for her wisdom, piety and erudition, she served as the matriarch of the Chassidic community in Hebron until her passing in her 90th year in 1888.

DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Shabbat, January 25, 2014

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Shevat 24, 5774 · January 25, 2014
Today’s Mitzvah
A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot”

Negative Commandment 35
Incantations

“There shall not be found among you… a charmer”—Deuteronomy 18:10-11.

It is forbidden to chant a magical incantation in the belief that it can offer relief. For example, in times ago people would whisper a certain incantation over a snake or scorpion bite, in the belief that it would alleviate the pain.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 38
Communication with the Dead

“There shall not be found among you… a necromancer”—Deuteronomy 18:11.

It is forbidden to do any act that supposedly elicits information from the dead. The Talmud speaks of people who would abstain from food and go to sleep in a cemetery—in the hope that the dead would appear and communicate with them.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 36
Consulting Ov

“There shall not be found among you… one who inquires of Ov”—Deuteronomy 18:10-11.

The Torah forbids us from consulting with an Ov practitioner, to ask him for advice or information based on his Ov experience.

The Ov practice consisted of burning a certain incense and doing certain acts known to the Ov followers. At that point, it would seem to the person engaging in these acts that he hears a voice emanating from beneath his armpit, which would answer questions that he posed.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 37
Consulting Yi’doni

“There shall not be found among you… one who inquires of Yid’oni”—Deuteronomy 18:10-11.

The Torah forbids us from consulting with a Yid’oni practitioner, to ask him for advice or information based on his Yid’oni experience.

The Yid’oni practice consisted of inserting into one’s mouth a bone from the yidoa fowl. After then burning incense, saying certain formulas and doing certain rites, the person would enter a trance-like state, and he would begin issuing predictions about the future.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 34
Witchcraft

“There shall not be found among you…one who practices witchcraft”—Deuteronomy 18:10.

We are forbidden from engaging in any form of magic or witchcraft.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 43
Sideburns

“You shall not round the corners of your heads”—Leviticus 19:27.

It is forbidden for a man to cut off his sideburns, leaving his hairline rounded at the sides, for such was the practice of ancient idol-worshippers. (This prohibition also applies if one cuts all his hair. Even if there is no hairline, the sideburns must never be cut off.)

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 44
Shaving

“You shall not destroy the corners of your beard”—Leviticus 19:27.

It is forbidden for a man to shave with a razor (or razor-like implement) the “corners” of his beard. The Sages identified five corners: the upper right cheek, the lower right cheek, the upper left cheek, the lower left cheek, and the chin. Shaving the beards with razors was the way of ancient pagan priests.

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Negative Commandment 40
Men Cross-Dressing

“A man shall not put on a woman’s garment”—Deuteronomy 22:5.

It is forbidden for a man to don clothing or ornaments that are considered women’s garment or gear in that locale. There are two reasons why a man would wear women’s clothing, both anathema to G‑d: a) To facilitate lewd behavior, or b) in conformance with once-prevalent idolatrous ritual.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 39
Women Cross-Dressing

“A woman shall not wear that which pertains to a man”—Deuteronomy 22:5.

It is forbidden for a woman to don clothing or ornaments that are considered men’s garment or gear in that locale.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 41
Tattoos

“You shall not print any marks upon you”—Leviticus 19:28.

We are forbidden from tattooing our bodies. Tattooing was common practice amongst the ancient idol-worshippers.

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Negative Commandment 45
Scarring

“You shall not cut yourselves”—Deuteronomy 14:1.

It is forbidden to cut ourselves in the course of mourning a deceased—as this was a common practice amongst idol-worshippers. It is also forbidden to follow the ancient practice of self-mutilation as part of pagan ritual.

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Negative Commandment 171
Tearing Out Hair

“Do not make any baldness between your eyes for the dead”—Deuteronomy 14:1.

When a loved one dies, we mustn’t allow our anguish to cause us to rip out our hair leaving a bald spot.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


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TODAY IN JUDAISM: Friday, January 24, 2014

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Today is: Friday, Shvat 23, 5774 · January 24, 2014
Today in Jewish History

• War on Benjamin (1188 BCE)

Armies of the Tribes of Israel converged upon the tribe of Benjamin in the aftermath of the “Concubine at Givah” incident, in a war which nearly brought about the extinction of the Benjaminites (as related in the Book of Judges, chapters 19-21).

Daily Quote
Every spiritual malady has a cure, except for pride- Rabbi Israel Baal Shem Tov (1698-1760)

DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Friday, January 24, 2014

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Shevat 23, 5774 · January 24, 2014
Today’s Mitzvah
A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot”

Negative Commandment 11
A Structure Designated for Worship

“Do not erect a monument which the Lord, your G‑d, despises”—Deuteronomy 16:22.

It is forbidden to erect a structure designed for people to gather around it to worship—even to worship the One G‑d. This is forbidden because erecting such a revered structure was common practice amongst the ancient idol worshippers.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 12
Kneeling Stones

“You shall not install a kneeling stone in your land, to bow down upon it”—Leviticus 26:1.

It is forbidden to make designated stones upon which to bow down—even if bowing to the One G‑d. This is forbidden because it was common practice amongst the ancient idol worshippers to decorate “kneeling stones” and place them before their idols.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 13
Trees in the Temple

“Do not plant for yourself an Asherah of any tree near the altar of the Lord your G‑d”—Deuteronomy 16:21.

It is forbidden to plant any tree near the altar, or anywhere in the Holy Temple. This is forbidden because it was common practice amongst the ancient idol worshippers to plant beautiful decorative trees in their temples.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Positive Commandment 185
Destroying Idols

“Destroy all those places”—Deuteronomy 12:2.

We are commanded to utterly eradicate all vestiges of idol worship from the Land of Israel. To shatter, burn, destroy and cut down—any method needed to destroy the idols, their altars, and their houses of worship.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 25
Benefiting from Idolatry

“Do not bring an offensive [idol] into your house”—Deuteronomy 7:26.

We are forbidden from deriving any benefit from an idol, or any of its implements. For example, it would be forbidden to cook on a fire fueled by wood from an Asherah (worshipped) tree.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 22
Benefiting from Idolatrous Decorations

“Do not covet the silver or the gold that is on them”—Deuteronomy 7:25.

It is forbidden to derive any benefit from idolatrous accoutrements, such as jewelry used to adorn an idol or the idol’s gold plating.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 48
Treaties with the Seven Nations

“You shall not make a treaty with them”—Deuteronomy 7:2.

It is forbidden to make a peace treaty with the members of the seven nations of Canaan and to allow them to live peacefully in our midst—unless they agree to abandon their pagan ways.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 50
Kindness towards Idol-Worshipers

“Do not show mercy towards them”—Deuteronomy 7:2.

We are not to show mercy to idol-worshippers, nor are we permitted to praise them. It is even forbidden to say about an idol-worshipper, “Look at how attractive this individual is!”

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Negative Commandment 51
Allowing Idol-Worshipers to Reside in Israel

“They shall not dwell in your land lest they make you sin against Me”—Exodus 23:33.

We must not allow idol-worshippers to dwell in our midst in the Holy Land, lest we learn from their heretical ways. And it is certainly forbidden to sell or even rent real estate to an idol-worshipper in the land.

In fact, if an idol-worshipper wants to pass through our land while en route to his final destination, we do not allow passage unless he forswears idolatry.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 30
The Practices of the Heathens

“You shall not walk in the practices of the nation that I am sending away before you”—Leviticus 20:23.

We are forbidden from imitating the practices of the idolaters—even in those areas not associated with their pagan rites. Even something as simple as saying, “Since they dress in purple wool, I, too, will dress in purple wool…” is forbidden.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 33
Interpreting Omens

“There shall not be found among you… one who interprets omens”—Deuteronomy 18:10.

It is forbidden to base one’s actions on supposed good or bad omens. The Midrash gives examples of “bad” omens: “My bread fell out of my mouth, my staff fell out of my hand, a snake passed me on my right, a fox on my left…”

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Negative Commandment 31
Soothsaying

“There shall not be found among you… a soothsayer”—Deuteronomy 18:10.

It is forbidden to use any of the methods employed by psychics to stimulate their supposed clairvoyant talents—and to then predict the future based on these actions.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 32
Astrology and Divination

“There shall not be found among you… a diviner of times”—Deuteronomy 18:10.

It is forbidden to predict the auspiciousness of times or dates based on astrological formations: “This day is auspicious, and this day not so.” It is also forbidden to act based on such predictions.

Also included in this prohibition is sleight of hand. It is forbidden to deceptively use sleight of hand to convince others that one has magical powers.

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DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Shevat 22, 5774 · January 23, 2014
Today’s Mitzvah
A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot”

Negative Commandment 16
Inciting Another Jew to Worship Idols

“And no more such wickedness shall be done amongst you”—Deuteronomy 13:12.

It is forbidden to incite another to worship idols.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 17
Loving an Inciter

“Do not be drawn to him”—Deuteronomy 13:9.

The person who is the target of incitement to idol worship is not allowed to harbor any love or sympathy for one who urged him to abandon G‑d. Though we are commanded to love every Jew – even a sinner – an inciter is the exception to this rule.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 18
Abhorring the Inciter

“Nor (shall you) listen to him”—Deuteronomy 13:9.

The person who is the target of incitement to idol worship is not allowed to soften his hatred towards the one who urged him to abandon G‑d.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 19
Pity for an Inciter

“Nor shall your eye pity him”—Deuteronomy 13:9.

When seeing a person in mortal danger, we are commanded to come to the rescue. This rule does not apply towards one who incites to idol worship. The person who is the target of incitement to idol worship is forbidden to come to the rescue of the one who urged him to abandon G‑d.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 20
Sparing an Inciter

“Nor shall you spare (him)”—Deuteronomy 13:9.

In the course of the court proceedings, the person who is the target of incitement to idol worship is not allowed to justify the actions of the one who urged him to abandon G‑d, nor is he allowed to express anything positive about the inciter that could possibly lead to his vindication. (This is an exception to the general rule. Normally, the courts encourage anyone who has anything positive to say about the accused to speak up.)

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Negative Commandment 21
Concealing Evidence About the Inciter

“Nor shall you cover up for him”—Deuteronomy 13:9.

In the course of the court proceedings, the person who is the target of incitement to idol worship is not allowed to cover up any deleterious evidence he is privy to regarding the one who urged him to abandon G‑d.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 26
Idolatrous Prophecies

“[The prophet]… that shall speak in the name of other gods”—Deuteronomy 18:20.

It is forbidden to prophesy, claiming that G‑d commanded to worship a pagan deity. It is also forbidden to prophesy in the name of a pagan deity, to claim that the deity appeared and instructed to serve it, promising reward for those who comply with its demand and punishment for those who don’t.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 28
Listening to Idolatrous Prophecies

“Do not listen to the words of that prophet”—Deuteronomy 13:4.

It is forbidden to listen to a prophet who claims to talk in the name of a pagan deity. We may not debate him or ask him for miraculous signs to corroborate his alleged prophecy. Rather, we warn him to desist, and if he continues in his ways, he is put to death by the courts.

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Negative Commandment 27
False Prophecy

“But the prophet who shall purposely speak a word in My name which I have not commanded him to speak”—Deuteronomy 18:20.

It is forbidden to utter a false prophecy in G‑d’s name—i.e. to state that G‑d has said something that He has not. It is also forbidden for someone to say a (true) prophecy, stating that this is something that G‑d has revealed to him, when in fact G‑d spoke this prophecy to another prophet.

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Negative Commandment 29
Fearing a False Prophet

“You shall not fear him”—Deuteronomy 18:22.

We are not to fear a false prophet simply because he appears to be a holy individual who feigns to speak in G‑d’s name.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 14
Swearing in the Name of False Gods

“Make no mention of the name of other gods”—Exodus 23:13.

It is forbidden to swear in the name of an idol, or to ask another (even an idol-worshipper) to swear in the name of a false deity.

This prohibition also includes not even mentioning the name of an idol. For example, one should not tell his fellow, “Wait for me beside Idol X.”

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 8
Ov

“Do not turn to the Ovs”—Leviticus 19:31.

We are forbidden from employing the idolatrous practice of Ov.

The Ov practice consisted of burning a certain incense and doing certain acts known to the Ov followers. At that point, it would seem to the person engaging in these acts that he hears a voice emanating from beneath his armpit, which would answer questions that he posed.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 9
Yid’oni

“Do not turn to Yid’oni”—Leviticus 19:31.

We are forbidden from employing the idolatrous practice of Yid’oni.

The Yid’oni practice consisted of inserting into one’s mouth a bone from the yidoa fowl. After then burning incense, saying certain formulas and doing certain rites, the person would enter a trance-like state, and he would begin issuing predictions about the future.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


Negative Commandment 7
Molech Worship

“Do not give any of your children to deliver to Molech”—Leviticus 18:21.

We are prohibited to “give from our children to Molech.”

In ancient times, there was a pagan deity known as Molech. The Molech religion demanded that its followers engage in a barbaric ritual: Parents would present some of their children to the Molech priests, and then, with the permission of these priests, the parents would pass their children over a raging bonfire.

Full text of this Mitzvah »


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TODAY IN JUDAISM: Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Today is: Thursday, Shvat 22, 5774 · January 23, 2014
Today in Jewish History

• Passing of Kotzker Rebbe (1859)

Passing of Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Kotzk (1787-1859), renowned Chassidic leader, and forerunner of the “Ger” Chassidic dynasty.

• Rebbetzin’s Yahrtzeit (1988)

Rebbetzin Chaya Mushkah Schneerson (b. 1901), wife of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, passed away on the 22nd of Shevat of the year 5748 (1988). For more on the Rebbetzin, see link below. Chabad’s annual international conference of sheluchot (woman “emissaries“) is held on or near this date.

Links: An on-line biography; more on the Rebbetzin

Daily Quote
Why was the Torah given in the desert? For if it were given in the Land of Israel, the residents of the Land of Israel would say, “It is ours”; and if it were given in some other place, the residents of that place would say, “It is ours.” Therefore it was given in the wilderness, so that anyone who wishes to acquire it may acquire it…- Mechilta D’Rashbi