Monday, October 18, 2010

Mitzvah #249 - Inquiring of an Ov

In Mitzva 247 we described the forbidden Ov ceremony; which gave the Ov the ability to foretell the future.

It is forbidden to inquire from the Ov about the future.

One who inquires from the Ov about the future - and does an action during the Ov ceremony - deserves 39 lashes by Beth Din.

If one does no action, one deserves Makat Mardut; lashes by Rabbinic decree.

Applies to everybody, always, everywhere.

Verse: "There shall not be found amongst you... those who inquire of an Ov" (Devarim 18:10 - 11)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 172

- Danny
Monday, 10 Marcheshvan 5771

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