Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Mitzvah #213 - Replicating the Ketoret incense

One may not produce incense using the recipe used to make the Ketoret used twice daily in the Bet HaMikdash (Temple).

It is forbidden to make ¼, ½ or ¾ or any other ratio of the recipe.

If it is made for its aroma, it's forbidden even if it was not subsequently used. One is permitted to make Ketoret for study-purposes only.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always

Verse: "..and the Ketoret incense... do not make for yourself" (Shmot 20:37, 38)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 146

- Danny
Tuesday, 7 Elul 5770

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