Clinging to the Sages

The 6th mitzvah is that we are commanded to be close to the wise and to associate with them. We should constantly be close to them and to be with them in all possible ways of friendship, such as eating, drinking and doing business, in order to thereby succeed in emulating their actions and knowing from their…

Prayer

The 5th mitzvah is that we are commanded to serve G‑d (blessed be He). This commandment is repeated many times: And you shall serve G‑d, your L‑rd”;1″And you shall serve Him”;2 “And to serve Him.”3 Although this commandment is of a general nature,4 as explained in the Fourth Principle,5 [and apparently should not be included in the count of the 613mitzvos,] nevertheless…

Fearing G-d

The 4th mitzvah is that we are commanded to establish in our minds fear and dread of G‑d (exalted be He); that we not be calm and nonchalant, but be constantly concerned of imminent punishment1 [for misdeeds.] The biblical source of this commandment is G‑d’s statement2 (exalted be He), “You shall fear G‑d your Lord.” At3 the end of tractate Sanhedrin4, there is…

Loving G-d

The 3rd mitzva is that we are commanded to love G‑d (exalted be He), i.e. to meditate upon and closely examine His mitzvos, His commandments, and His works, in order to understand Him; and through this understanding to achieve a feeling of ecstasy. This is the goal of the commandment to love G‑d. [We can see that meditation is the…

G-d’s Unity

The 2nd mitzvah is that we are commanded to acquire knowledge1 of the nature of G‑d‘s Unity, i.e. to understand that the Original Creator and Source of all existence is One. The source of this commandment is G‑d’s statement2 (exalted be He), “Hear [i.e. “understand”] O Israel, G‑d is our Lord, G‑d is One.” In most Midrashim you will find this mitzvah described…

The Original Faith of the Apostles 

“But this I confess to you, that according to the Way which they call a ‘sect,’ so I worship the Elohim of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the Torah and the Prophets.” Acts of the Shaliachim 24:14.

Belief in G-d

Positive Commandment 1 The first mitzvah is that we are commanded to acquire knowledge1 of the nature of G‑d‘s existence, i.e. to understand that He is the Original cause and Source of existence Who brings all creations into being. The source of this commandment is G‑d’s statement2 (exalted be He), “I am G‑d your Lord.” [We see that this commandment…

Parsha – Tazria – defamation

From a Daily Halacha Written in the case: “A man that will his flesh or skin psoriasis or macula, and was skin of his flesh the plague of leprosy, and brought to Aaron the priest or to one of his sons the priests.” (Leviticus M b).That is, a person who saw firsthand touched all he had come…

“Serve Hashem With Joy”

“Serve Hashem With Joy”-Maran zt”l’s Reply to Those Consoling Him Question: Is there an actual obligation to serve Hashem joyfully? Is one forbidden to fulfill the Mitzvot amid sadness? Answer: When delineating the punishments for the Jewish nation if they do not observe the Torah and Mitzvot, the Torah (Devarim 28) states that the Jewish nation will…

(Pesach): Feasting For Freedom

By Eddie Chumney CHAPTER 3 And ye shall observe this thing [Passover] for an ordinance to thee and to thy sons for ever:.. And it shall come to pass, when your children shall say unto you, What mean ye by this service? that ye shall say, It is the sacrifice of the Lord ‘s Passover,…

Lights of Love and Fear

The Mishnah states that pious men and men of good deeds would dance before them with flaming torches in their hands. The Meor Vashemesh on Sukkos writes that the hands symbolize the love and fear that one has for HaShem, so the Mishnah alludes to the idea that the pious people had a tremendous fire…

Pesach / פסח

Mon, 14 April 2014 at sundown (15th of Nisan, 5774) Pesach / פסח Passover (Hebrew: פֶּסַח Pesach) commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover begins on the 15th day of the month of Nisan in the Jewish calendar, which is in spring in the…