Negative Commandment #165

Sefer Ha’mitzvos Ha’Katzar (The concise book of mitzvos) By the Chofetz Chaim

This book lists the Torah mitzvos that can be observed today

Second Section – the Negative Commandments

165. It is a negative commandment “do not act on omens.”

As it states in Vayikra (Leviticus) 19:26, “do not act on basis of omens.” For example, those who say, ‘my bread fell from my mouth,’ or ‘my cane fell from my hand. Therefore, I will not go to such and such a place today.’ This includes one who makes signs for himself like, ‘if such and such will happen to me, then I will do such and such.’ If a person acts on basis of an omen like these, he transgresses this negative commandment.

This applies in all places and at all times, for men and for women.

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