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עשה תורתך קבע – אמור מעט ועשה הרבה

The Pascal Sacrifice – How Yummy is it?

Posted by rabbiart on April 28, 2008

Section 613

A study of the traditional 613 mitzvot (commandments/obligations) according to their order of appearance in the Torah.

Mitzvah #6: The commandment to eat the Pesach offering

This commandment is anchored to the Torah via Shmot 12:8, which reads (regarding the first ever Pesach sacrifice) “and they shall eat the flesh on that night.” It is one of a dozen commandments having to do with the observance of Pesach. The observance of Pesach is of course all about remembering the great miracles which HaShem did for us in taking us out of the servitude of Mitzrayim.

In order to fulfill this Mitzvah one would have eaten an amount of the Pesach sacrifice that is equivalent to the bulk of a reasonably sized olive — k’zayit. This is a standard measure of food consumptiion for halachic
purposes.

This mitzvah is considered to only be in force and applicable to men and women, during the time the Jerusalem Temple is in existence. In our day, we perform this Mitzvah symbolically during our Pesach Seder because the Jerusalem Temple is no longer in operation.

Want to learn more about the traditional mitzvot? Start here.

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