Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mitzvah #250 - Inquiring of a Yid'oni

In Mitzvah #248 we described the forbidden Yid'oni ceremony; which gave the Yid'oni the ability to foretell the future.

It is forbidden to inquire from a Yid'oni about the future.

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

If one does not do any 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... a Yid'oni" (Devarim 18:10 - 11)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Prohibition 173

- Danny
Tuesday, 11 Marcheshvan 5771

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