Blessings Prevent Anger

The Gemara states that one must recite the blessing for a mitzvah prior to performing the mitzvah. This is referred to as over laasiyasan. There are a number of instances in the Torah where the word over is used and the Medrash and Gemara interpret the word to denote anger. An […]

Gold and Humility

The Mishnah states that the people of <st1:place w:st=”on”><st1:city w:st=”on”>Jerusalem would bind their lulav bundles with gold strings. The Chachamim said to Rabbi Meir that they would first bind the lulav with material of the same species in order to fulfill the mitzvah properly and then they added […]

Today’s Mitzvah

Adar II 9, 5774 · March 11, 2014 Today’s Mitzvah A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot” AUDIO & VIDEO CLASSES   • VIDEO CLASS: Rabbi Mendel Kaplan   Watch • Listen   • AUDIO CLASS: Rabbi Berel Bell   Listen • MP3 Download   Important Message Regarding This Lesson The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily […]

A perfect Game

The Gemara derives from the word ulekachtem, and you shall take, that the four species are essential to each other, i.e. that one must have all four species available when he is prepared to fulfill the mitzvah. It is noteworthy that the Gemara derives this ruling from the word ulekachtem. […]

Crown of Aleppo

THE BIBLE OF BIBLES. Often considered the most authoritative text of the Hebrew Bible, the 1,000-year-old Aleppo Codex—known in Hebrew as the “Crown of Aleppo”—has had a tumultuous history. It remained fully intact until 1947, when it was nearly destroyed by an anti-Jewish mob. This fragment, a piece […]


Sukkah and Avraham Avinu The Gemara relates a story that a certain elderly woman went to Rav Nachman and claimed that theReish Galusa and all the Chachamim were sitting in a stolen Sukkah. Her claim was that the servants of the Reish Galusa stole wood from her and used it to build […]


The Torah’s Ways are Pleasant The Gemara states that one cannot use a palm shoot to fulfill the mitzvah of lulav, because although its stems can be tied and this would fulfill the requirement of kafus, tied up, it  is invalid because it is said regarding the Torah its ways […]


Humble in a Group The Gemara states that Rabbi Yehudah maintains that one is required to bundle the lulav with the other species, and he derives this ruling from a gezeirah shavah of taking, taking, from the case of the bundle of eizov, hyssop, that the Jews took prior to departing from Egypt. […]


Mitzvah Performance with more Intention The Gemara discusses the concept of a mitzvah that is brought about through one who violates a prohibition. The Rishonim explain that this principle only applies when the mitzvah cannot be performed unless one violates the prohibition. This principle teaches us a profound […]

Today’s Mitzvah

Adar I 23, 5774 · February 23, 2014 Today’s Mitzvah A daily digest of Maimonides’ classic work “Sefer Hamitzvot” Listen Online | MP3 Download Positive Commandment 155 Sanctifying the Shabbat “Remember the Shabbat to keep it holy”—Exodus 20:8. We are commanded to honor the Shabbat when it enters and when […]