The Mitzvah of Counting the Omer

The Torah states (Vayikra 21, 15): “And you shall count for yourselves, from the day following the Shabbat, from the day the waved Omer offering is brought, seven complete weeks shall they be.” Our Sages (Menachot 65b) have a tradition that the “day following the Shabbat” refers to the day following the first day of…

Torah Logic Essentials

6 Rules for Being Exacting in the Text 4 Rules to Define the Text 5 Reasons for a Commentary The Proper Approach to the Text How to Analyze the Text How to Abstract the Commentary Free Online Course on the Ways of the Talmud

The Reasons Behind the Mitzvot

The Gemara (Sanhedrin 21b) states: “Rabbi Yitzchak said: Why were the reasons behind the Mitzvot not revealed? Because there were two Mitzvot whose reasons were revealed and one of the greatest of men, King Solomon, failed in them.” This refers to the following two Mitzvot: The Torah (Devarim 17) states regarding a king of Israel,…

“What is this Service to You?”

The Pesach Haggadah states: “What does the wicked son say? ‘What is this service to you,’ this implies ‘to you’ and not ‘to himself’. Since he has excluded himself, he has thus denied the existence of Hashem. You should therefore likewise blunt his teeth (scold him) and reply to him, ‘Because of this did Hashem…

613 Mitzvos

    THE SIX HUNDRED AND THIRTEEN COMMANDMENTS In accordance with the Rambam’s Sefer HaMitzvos  

Ten Commandments

The Ten Commandments: The Inside Story By Naftali Silberberg The Ten Commandments were engraved on two tablets. The five commandments etched on the first tablet deal with man’s relationship with G‑d; the second tablet contains five commandments which concern man’s relationship with his fellow man. Of the 613 biblical commandments, G‑d selected these ten commandments…

BLESSING OF OBEDIENCE

Lev 26:1 BLESSING OF OBEDIENCE Ye shall make work you no idols nor graven image sculptile , neither rear you up raise a standing image monolith , neither shall ye set up give any image imagery of stone in your land, to bow down prostrate unto it: for I am the LORD I – Yah…

Forbidden Work of Trapping

Hashem has commanded us to rest on Shabbat. It is forbidden to perform any work on Shabbat, as the verse states, “The seventh day is Shabbat for Hashem, your G-d; you shall not perform any work.” One of the thirty-nine works forbidden on Shabbat is trapping.  There are kinds of animals which are usually trapped…

Nazirite Negative Commandments

Negative Commandment 205 A Nazirite Eating Grape Seeds “…from the seed to its skin he shall not eat “—Numbers 6:4. A nazirite may not eat grape seeds. Full text of this Mitzvah » Negative Commandment 206 A Nazirite Eating Grape Peels “…its skin he shall not eat “—Numbers 6:4. A nazirite may not eat grape…

Beitzah Daf 30‏

When one brings pitchers of wine from place to place, he may not bring them in a basket or in a box (for it appears similar to a weekday activity), but he may bring them on his shoulder, or in front of him. Likewise, one who brings straw, may not lower the bundle hang down…

The Nullification of Vows

Positive Commandment 95 The Nullification of Vows We are commanded to practice the Torah-mandated procedure in the event that a vow is to be annulled. (This commandment is somewhat based on the verse [Numbers 30:3] “he shall not profane his word,” from which the Sages deduce that the one who enacted the vow may not…

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…