Thursday, September 16, 2010

Mitzvah #233 - Inventing a new Mitzva

One may not add new Mitzvot to the existing 613 that Gcd commanded us.

Even declaring a Rabbinic-Mitzva to be Torah-ordained is forbidden.

If a Cohen adds a blessing to the 3-fold priestly blessing he has transgressed this Mitzva.

The Rabbis are allowed to add safeguards, decrees and thanksgiving Mitzvot (like Chanukah and Purim) - as long as they don't declare them to be Torah-ordained.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, always.

Verse: "Do not add to it" (Devarim 13:1)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 159

Shabbat Shalom and have an easy and meaningful fast

- Danny
Thursday, 8 Tishrei 5771

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