Friday, May 20, 2011

30 day Mitzva Review - 10

34- One May not kill.
Every person is created in Hashem's image. The purpose of every person is to praise & serve Hashem , thus murder is eliminating a servant of Hashem & diminishing His honor.

35- One may not commit adultery.
This interferes with populating the world as Hashem teaches.

36- One may not kidnap a person.
Each person has to be free to serve Hashem.
37- One may not testify false against a person.
38- One may not desire that which belongs to others if he tries to get it from them.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

30 day Mitzva Review - 9

33 - Honor your Parents with your
Actions - To assist them with all of their needs.

Words - To speak to them always respectfully & about them in an honorable way.

Thoughts - to think of them as great personalities.

We owe the greatest debt of gratitude for their bringing him to life & all of their other kindnesses.
This Mitzva will also help us learn to recognize & appreciate Hashem as our Parent in Heaven.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Interesting Connection to 33

Mitzva 33 of the Torah is
Honor your Father & Mother so that you will live long.
Have a great Shabos & a nice Lag Bomer.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

30 day Mitzva Review -8

Your Words
30- One may not swear a false or a wasted oath.

31- Sanctify the day of Shabos with words. Also mention Shabos every day. It reminds us that Hashem created the entire world in 6 days.

32- One may not do any of 39 forms of work on Shabos. To remember that we need Hashem's help for everything we do.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Fw: Video: Committing to Love by Charlie Harary

Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

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The 4th principal of God awareness is Ahavas Hashem, Loving God.

The cornerstone of every relationship is love and so it makes sense that one of the principals of God awareness is loving God. But how do we create love for God? How do we create love for anybody or anything? The Torah says something unique about love. The Torah commands “Ve'ahavta l'rayacha kamocha.” You have to love your close one like yourself.

That’s strange. First off, how could they command us to love someone – how can you tell me who I should and shouldn’t love? Love shouldn’t be a commandment; it should be an option? Secondly, how can I love someone else like myself!? I like me a lot. Me and myself have been hanging out for a very long time together. Even my spouse doesn’t spend as much time with me as me - so how can I love her like myself.

Lets learn love from the place we all learned it first….our parents

Imagine you were talking to a women who is 9 months pregnant.

Beshaa Tova… Thank you…. So…. are you going to love your child?.... Excuse me?... Are you going to love your child?... Of course…. How do you know? You haven’t even met him or her yet? What if he’s a brat? What if she is not your look? What if you don’t have the same interests, like sleeping through night or verbalizing your feelings as opposed to crying every time you need something. What if the kid down the block is cuter, smarter or more athletic?

The mother is either going to knock you out or assume you’re on drugs.

Why? Because parents love their babies no matter what. Why is that? Because they understand what it means to truly love somebody.

The mistake we make is that we think that love leads to commitment. That’s not the case, in truth commitment leads to love. Parents commit to loving their unborn child and so no matter what that child is born like, they love him or her. The more the parents commit, the more the child becomes a part of them, and the more they love them.

The rabbis say “v’ohavta l’reacha c’amocha”. V’ohavta – when you commit to love someone, then something amazing happens… You connect to it. You identify with it. Like a parent to a child, you don’t see it as something separate but its part of you… that’s k'amocha.

When the Jews were presented with the Torah, the marriage contract between them and God, they used this principal to forge their relationship….

Naaseh…. We commit… VeNishma… we will understand.

The fourth principal of God awareness is Loving Hashem. How? By committing. By going all in. As long as we are holding back from Him, we can’t fully love Him. Our choice is whether we want to commit – Na’aseh.

Once we do, true Ahava is right around the corner.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

30 day Mitzva Review- 7

Parshas Yisro has 17 Mitzvos , which include the 10 Commandments.

25 - To believe in Hashem who created everything , is always in complete control & enables everything to happen.
This is one of the 6 constant Mitzvos which apply at all times.

26- There is no other god or powers besides Him & what He created.

27- It is forbidden to make a statue of an idol.

28- One may not bow down to an idol or do any form of service to it.

29- One may not even do crazy forms of service such as throwing rocks to markulis.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

30 day Mitzva Review- 6

24- One may not leave the Techum borders surrounding the area he is in on Shabos. This is one Mitzva in Parshas Beshalach 16:29.
To remind us that Hashem created the world & controls it & everything has its place. Do not leave your parameters , relax & enjoy Hashem is in charge.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Monday, May 16, 2011

30 day Mitzva Review -5

18- Every first born baby boy & first born animal are to be sanctified for Hashem.
To remember that Hashem chose us to become His first born.
19- Do not eat Chomets on Pesach. This is our annual reminder of who we are & what we became.
20- Do not even keep Chomets around in your property on Pesach.

21- Tell the story of the redemption on Pesach nite. To remember all of the miracles & that Hashem is in control to run His world as He sees fit.

22 - A first born donkey should be redeemed with a sheep that is given to a Cohen. To remember that when Hashem saved us from Egypt He provided every Jew with many donkeys loaded with gold & silver.

23 - If the person fails to redeem the donkey it is put to death in a specific way.
This teaches us that if one refuses to do Mitzvos he will lose out. By doing one will always gain sooner or later.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

30 day Mitzva Reveiw- 4

13- A rebellious Jew may not eat from a korban Pesach. Shmos 12 :43.

14- nor a non - Jew , even if he keeps the 7 basic laws.
This offering reminds us who we are & our unique status.

15- The meat may not be taken out of the designated area of that group.

16- None of the bones of the offering may be broken.
To remind ourselves that we became Hashems people , as Kings.

17- An uncircumcised person may not eat from it.
The offering & the Bris both show that we are connected to Hashem as His nation.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

30 Day Mitzva Review - 3

9- We are obligated to clear away all Chomets from our property on erev Pesach before noon time.

10- To eat Matza the first night of Pesach. So that we remember how Hashem saved us quickly from slavery with great miracles.

11-Not to have any Chomets throughout Pesach.

12 - Not to any food that has any mixture of Chomets in it.
The evil inclination is compared to Chomets thus we need to learn to subdue & control our desires.
3 differences between Chomets & Matzah :
Symbol of Humility
Satisfied with ones portion & Matzah is produced quickly.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

30 Day Mitzva Review - 2

Sefer Shmos contains 111 Mitzvos.

20 are in Parshas Bo

4- To sanctify Rosh Chodesh , thus we learn that the Holidays are dependent on our Jewish Leaders.
We also see that time is to be utilized to serve Hashem.

5- We slaughter the Pesach offering the afternoon before Pesach. This is to show that we don't believe in foreign cultures & utilize everything to serve Hashem.

6- We eat the Korban Pesach the first night roasted.

7- not rare or cooked , only roasted.

8- No leftovers.
Now may be a good time for a gem of Torah study.