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Obedience for the Torah
Looking at the basis for our covenant with G-d, I noticed G-d said to Avraham (Bereshit 17:1): “Walk before Me”, which is sometimes understood to mean: “Serve Me”. And also (Bereshit 17:9): “You shall keep My covenant”. Afterwards G-d Himself says regards this in Bereshit 26:5 that Avraham obeyed the Voice of the Almighty and indeed kept it. I noticed some similarities looking at the story of Mount Sinai. First G-d says (Shemot 19:5): “If you will obey My voice” and “keep My covenant”. The people response was: “All that the Lord has spoken we will do, and we will be obedient (i.e. we will obey and keep).” Secondly I noticed G-d saying (Bereshit 17:7): “I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after thee throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to thy G-d and to thy seed after thee.” While in Shemot 6:7 G-d promises that He will take them as His own people and that He will be their G-d. Many more similarities can be found. These covenants seems to be based on two principals. From G-ds side He makes certain promises, from the human side commitment and obedience is being asked. It all starts with acknowledging G-d, and accepting Him as G-d, but once we do this, it seems one needs to show obedience (we make ourselves avadim, to be His servants, and He promises to be our G-d). With obedience to seem to be such a big part of our covenant/relationship with G-d, why isn’t it the first commandment given (after getting to know G-d) at mount Sinai? Isn’t serving/obedience to G-d the biggest Mitzvah of them all? One that covers all other commandmens, one that enconpasses the entire range of what’s being asked of us? P.s. I’ve found a comment stating all mitzvot are contained in the mitzvah of emunah, i.e. “Anochi HaShem Elohecha” (Maharsha Middos 23b). So while I also think emunah (acknowledging and accepting G-d) is the main principle, it is shown by yiras, ahavah etc. but these and all what we do, our role in the covenantal relionship, is based on our given proclamation na’aseh v’nishma “we will obey and act”, i.e. servitude and obedience.
Shavuot - What’s So Special About the Torah?
In this short video, Rabbi Yitzchak Botton gives us a deeper understanding of the greatness of the giving of the Torah. Torah is an expression of Divine wisdom. G-d, though infinite, affords each of us the opportunity to communicate with Him by engaging in Torah study. Moreover, through Torah and Mitzvot we become unified with G-d.
The Ten Commandments and Shabbat - Part 2
According to Torah Law must a child respect parents who didn’t care for him? What is the difference between the first five commandments and the last five commandments? Judaism is a comprehensive religion, filled with rules and practices that affect every aspect of life: When to take a day of rest, how to treat your friend, how to respect your parents, and perhaps most important, how to behave towards G-d, other people. This set of rules and practices is known as commandments
The Ten Commandments and Shabbat - Part 1
How can be that if the fathers sinned the sons have to suffer? What activities are forbidden on the Shabbat? Is a non Jew allowed to do a work for a Jew on the Sabbath? Rabbi Gottlieb explains how Shabbat is the most important ritual observance in Judaism. It is the only ritual observance instituted in the Ten Commandments
Did you know: The Ten Commandments
Did you know The Ten Commandments might actually be Nine Commandments?
The Ten Commandments - Part 8
Is it permissible for a person to kill others in order to save his own life? Is it permissible to abort a fetus in order to save the life of the mother? In this episode Rabbi Shlomo Schiller elaborates on the 6th commandment ‘You shall not Murder’.
The Ten Commandments - Part 7
In this episode Rabbi Schiller discusses the beauty of Shabbat, the importance of honoring parents and the commandment ‘Do not Murder’.
The Ten Commandments - Part 6
Why did G-d command us to sanctify the day of Shabbat? What does the commandment of 'remembering the Shabbat' entail? In this session Rabbi Schiller expounds on the significance of sanctifying the Holy day of Shabbat.
The Ten Commandments - Part 5
Why is there a custom to leave a piece of food on the table while reciting the grace after meals? Rabbi Lauffer elaborates further on the laws and customs regarding the grace after meals.
The Ramchal’s Essay on Fundamentals - Part 3
What is the essential difference between the spiritual world and the material world? What is the definition of infinite? Do the laws of the physical world apply to beings from the spiritual world? Rabbi Ullman with more insights on the way the world works.
The Ten Commandments - Part 9
Must one give up his life in order to save others? Is it permissible to give up one life in order to save many lives? Rabbi Schiller expounds further on the 6th commandment ‘You shall not Murder’.
Parshat Yitro - The Giving of the Torah
In this week's portion the Jewish People receive the Torah at Mount Sinai. How did G-d’s voice sound like at Mount Sinai? Why did G-d command Moses to speak to the women before the men? What does it mean ‘Don’t Covet’? Rabbi Mizrachi categorises all the mitzvot of the Torah and shares fascinating insights to the parsha.
The Ten Commandments - Part 1
What is so unique about the 10 Commandments? Why were the Jews told not to ascend Mount Sinai when they received the 10 Commandments? Rabbi Schiller in a fascinating series on the mega-event of the 10 Commandments.
The Ten Commandments - Part 2
When the Jewish People received the 10 Commandments they merited to hear two commandments directly from G-d. The rest of the commandments were communicated through Moses. Rabbi Schiller elaborates on the first commandment.
The Ten Commandments - Part 3
The commandment to believe in G-d includes many details. Rabbi Sciller elaborates further on this commandment based on the 13 Principles of Maimonides.
The Ten Commandments - Part 4
The second commandment is a negative commandment not to accept other Gods. What does this commandment include? How does the prohibition of idol worshipping apply to us today? Rabbi Schiller focuses on the prohibition of serving idols.
The Ten Sinai Pronouncements
Rabbi Gottlieb elaborates on the exclusiveness of the Ten Commandments received at Sinai
Mitzvot in Modern Times
More than 3300 years had passed since the commandments (mitzvoth) were given to the Jewish People at Mt.Sinai. Today, in the era of computers, spaceships, and research satellites, the modern man stands and asks himself, what is the significance of the mitzvoth in our time? Rabbi Zamir Cohen in his lecture, "The Mitzvoth in Modern Times" explains the significance of the mitzvoth in our times, from man's perspective of this world
Vayakhel-Pekudei - Part 1 - Positive Attitude
Why are the laws of Shabbat inserted in the Torah adjacent to the building of the Tabernacle? Rabbi Kaplan focuses on creating a positive and healthy attitude towards fulfilling the commandments of the Torah