Mitzvah #233 – Inventing a new Mitzvah

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One may not add new Mitzvot to the existing 613 that G-d commanded us.

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

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

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

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