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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 2 - The 365 Prohibitions of the Tora

83 - MAKING OIL LAKE THE OIL OF ANOINTMENT


Exodus 30:32-33 -- 32 “It shall not be poured on man's flesh; nor shall you make any other like it, according to its composition. It is holy, and it shall be holy to you. 33 Whoever compounds any like it, or whoever puts any of it on an outsider, shall be cut off from his people.”

The punishment of extinction was incurred for the willful violation of this commandment only (1) where the oil of anointment was prepared with strict accuracy and precision, without any deviation from the oil of anointment which Moses prepared,* and (2) where the transgressor intended to use it himself. If his object in making it had been to turn it over to another person, he was not liable.**

* See Ex. XXX, 22- 25
** Mishneh Torah, Abodah, Hilchoth Kle ha-Mikdash I, 4

“If everyone were allowed to prepare the oil of anointment, people might anoint themselves therewith and imagine themselves distinguished; much disorder and dissension would then follow.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 45

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