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soc.culture.jewish FAQ: Torah and Halachic Authority (3/12)
Section - Question 3.37: What is the Sefer Mitzvot Gadol (The Semag)?

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                                  Answer:
   
   This title translates as "The Great Book of Commandments" and was
   written by Rabbi Moses ben Jacob of Coucy'. Rabbi ben Jacob lived in
   the first half of the 13th century, Coucy, France.
   
   This work--usually designated by its acronym, the Semag--classifies
   Jewish law according to the traditional enumeration of 613
   commandments. The work is divided into two sections. The first deals
   with the 365 negative precepts of the Torah, and the second with the
   248 positive precepts. References to the Semag are by Section
   (Positive or Negative) and Commandment Number within each section.

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