Revach L'Neshama RSS feed for - Section: TARYAG MITZVOS Category:PRACTICAL APPLICATIONS Copyright 2007, Revach L'Neshama en-US Revach L'Neshama Logo 144 31 Wed, 01 Dec 2021 03:00:00 +0000 240 Parshas VaYeilech: Want To Write A Sefer Torah? Read Here First - Mitzva # 613

The Rosh made headlines by saying that since the Mitzva of writing a a Sefer Torah is for the purpose of learning, nowadays that we learn from seforim and not the Sefer Torah itself there is a Mitzva to write and publish seforim. The Bais Yosef maintains that the Rosh held that it is still a mitzva to write a Sefer Torah and that you can also do the mitzva with seforim. Others like the Perisha and the Shach hold that the Rosh held that today there is no longer a mitzvas aseh to write a sefer torah.

The Shaagas Aryeh says that since we see in the times of the gemara they already were not sure which words were spelled with which letter (chaseiros/yeseiros) and the Halacha is that any Torah that is missing a letter is pasul it is impossible to be mikayem the mitzva. Other argue saying that these differences do not make it pasul.

If you do want to write a sefer torah there are two important things you should keep in mind.

1) Have it written specifically for you and do not buy an existing Sefer Torah. The Shulchan Aruch and the Rema hold that you are not Yozeh the mitzva if you buy it. Others say it is still a mitzva but not the best way to perform it.
2) The Maharal warns that if you write a sefer torah to donate to shul, make sure you lend it to shul and do not give it away. This would show disrespect, as if you are not interested in the mitzva.

Tue, 04 Sep 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Pay Your Workers On Time! - Parshas Ki Seitzei Mitzva #588

A person is commanded to pay a worker's wages prior to sunset of the day of his work. A worker is a poor person and holding back his wages is tantamount to taking his soul and once you take his soul it is as if he is dead because a poor person is regarded as if he is dead. (Rabbeinu Bachyah)

Wed, 22 Aug 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Announcing New Taryag Mitzvos Yomi Audio Program

Come join us daily to listen to Rabbi Zev Rivkin's 3-4 minute audio on two mitzvos every day. It follows the Sefer HaMitzvos of the Rambam and will cover one Mitzvas Aseh and One Mitzvas Lo Sa'aseh each day enabling you get a good grasp on all 613 mitzvos in less than a year. For each mitzva you will gain insight that will enhance your knowledge and/or your ability to apply it to you life.

The Taryag Mitzvos are the foundation of the Torah, the world and our existence. Don't pass up an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the most fundamental aspect of our heritage. Start today from the beginning!

Thu, 16 Aug 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Every Man A King In His Castle - Parshas Shoftim Mitzva #503

The head of a democracy is slave to the people so he must constantly read the polls. A Dictator is at the mercy of his army so he must continuously feed their material desires. A Jewish King is the servant of Hashem and he must always have the Torah in front of him. Every Jew has a Mitzva to write a Sefer Torah that he keeps with him. The King needs an additional one to carry around when he interacts with the people.

As parents we must remember that our children are Neshamos entrusted to us by Hashem to nurture in his ways. Just like the King, we must not treat them according to our whims. We must see the Torah in front of us all the time.

Mon, 13 Aug 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Eikev #430: Don't Forget To Say Thank You... It Helps

It is written in the Seforim HaKedoishim that anyone who says Birchas Hamazon with the proper concentration will never lack for food. The truth is any mother can tell you the same thing. Serving meals to child who smiles and properly thanks you after every meal for the delicious meal and for always taking care of him is a joy to serve. In fact that mother probably spends a great deal of time thinking how her next meal can top the previous one. Hashem our Father and Mother in Heaven is certainly as compassionate as our earthly parents. Be a good boy and be a smart boy!

Fri, 03 Aug 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Eikev Mitzva # 434 - A Very Practical Way To Cling To Hashem The Sifri interprets this Pasuk to mean Talmidei Chachomim. Clinging means to interact with them as much as possible in all facets of life including business, marriage, etc. not only for spiritual matters. The special importance to this Mitzva aside from the benefit and positive influence on a person's actions and behavior from associating with Talmidei Chachomim is the fact that the Torah SheBaal Peh fully relies on the interpretation of the Chachomim so we are totally dependent on them.

Any interaction or association with a Talmid Chachom is a Mitzva and anyone who avoids contact with a Talmid Chachom violates this Mitzva.

Wed, 01 Aug 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Eikev - Do You Want To Hear Good Joke?: Mitzva # 434 Clinging To Hashem

Rav Shimshon Pincus zt"l retells Uri Zohar's last joke to his secular friends before becoming a Baal Tshuva.  Two religious Jews riding on a motorcycle were spotted by an anti-religious policeman. Wanting to give them a ticket he followed them for several hours trying to find a traffic violation. Upon giving up he stopped them and asked how is it that you have driven so perfectly for so long without a single violation? They replied "Hashem is with us". The policeman let out a big grin and immediately ticketed them for driving with 3 people on a motorcycle.

When Hashem is a part of your life to the extent that you can feel and see Him at your side you won't get a moving violation but rather a Mitzva.

Tue, 31 Jul 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Eikev Mitzva 432: Great Men Small Bracha

Rebbi Yochanan Ben Zakkai on his death bed in his last bracha to his great and holy talmidim, among them stood Rebbi Eliezer and Rebbi Yehoshua, said "your fear for H-shem should as great as your fear from people". This seemingly modest bracha was considered by Rebbi Yochanan Be Zakkai an important and necessary tool in service to H-shem, even for men of such a lofty level.

If you are about to do or say something improper and stop yourself or if you are debating doing a specific Mitzva and are starting to feel a bit lazy and the thought of punishment from Hashem sways you to do the right thing, you have not only saved yourself much grief in this world and the next but you have also earned a Mitzva of fearing Hashem. An even greater level of fear of Hashem is not to worry about punishment but simply to be scared to do an aveira because of awe for Hashem.

This is one of the six Mitzvos that you can be Mikayem every moment of your life.

Sun, 29 Jul 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Parshas Bahalosecha Mitzva #384 Chatzotzros: Real Men Cry... Over Small Change

The gemara in Eruchin says that if someone reaches into his pocket to take out 3 coins and only two come out, it is considered a punishment and is a Kapara for our aveiros. The Baal Shem Tov adds an interesting point. He says that this is only if you realize that Hashem did this to you as a punishment. If you get the message with this small reminder the big reminders aren't necessary.

According to the Rambam it is a Mitzva D'Oraisa to blow Trumpets of happiness (Korban); and Trumpets of tears. This instrument has the power to tug on our emotional heartstrings. In times of distress we must use the Trumpets to move us emotionally towards Hashem. Our sadness in realization that Hashem is calling out to us and that we have caused our own suffering has in it the power to make the threat disappear. Our arrogance and stubbornness that our plight was caused by natural forces or mere happenstance will only cause our problems to increase in order for us to eventually recognize Hashem's message. Best to let pulling small change out of pockets be our biggest problem!

Tue, 29 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Aseres Hadibros: Lo Sachmod - Mind or Matter?

One has only transgressed lo tachmod if you take action to acquire the object you desires. The word "Chemda" means to make an effort to put our thoughts into action and to pressure our friend to sell us the object of our desires. Even if you compensate your friend very well for the object of your desire, it is still forbidden.

The Chafetz Chaim (Sefer Hamitzvos Hakatzar) says this is unfortunately common with a chassan who prior to the wedding pressures his father in law to give him certain things that were not included in their agreement. Even if the father in law acquiesces to his request, the chassan has transgressed the prohibition of lo tachmod.

Wed, 16 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Aseres Hadibros: Anochi Hashem - Do It Every Second! Nature, the human body, even technology, electricity, and radio waves, are all clear signs of Hashem. He created everything and continues to cause its existence. This single thought has just earned you this Mitzva. Congratulations! The Smak says that if something happens to you and you acknowledge that it came from Hashem and not just because someone had it in for you, that is a separate mitva of Tzidduk Hadin

Anochi is one of the six Mitzvos that should be fulfilled every second of your life. It is worthwhile and relatively easy to at least have it in mind when doing any mitzva for Hashem to add a mitzva upon your mitzva.

Sun, 13 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Mitzva #338 Do Not Speak Hurtful Words to Your Friend: Not Even Your Own Children The Passuk states in Parshas Behar , "V'lo sonu ish es amiso".  Rashi says that this is the prohibition against speaking to another in a hurtful manner. The Chinuch in mitzvoh #338 says that this applies equally to a child who is a minor, and even to one's own children! Verbal harshness is only permitted to the extent that it is calculated and required to properly guide the child. One who heeds this, will be blessed with life, blessings and honor!

Tue, 08 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Mitzva #296: Kiddush Hashem: Must A Goy Sacrifice His Life and Not Commit One the 3 Aveiros Chamuros?

Included in the Sheva Mitzvos Bne'i Noach are the three capital Aveiros of murder immorality, and idolatry. Even though a Jew must give up his life rather than transgress any one of these aveiros, however a non- Jew is not obligated to give up his life for them because a non- Jew is not obligated in Kidush Hashem. Giving up one's life rather than committing one of these Aveiros is a Mitzvah of Kidush Hashem and that Mitzvah doesn't apply to a non-Jew.

However murder is an exception and even a non-Jew is obligated to sacrifice his life rather than commit murder because there is a Sevarah that obligates one to give up his life rather than committing murder, ‘Who says your blood is redder than the next guy.'' That Sevarah applies to a non-Jew as well.

Fri, 04 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Mitzva #296: Kiddush Hashem: What is the Big Deal About Dying "Al Kiddush Hashem?"

We all know that whoever dies "Al Kiddush Hashem" goes straight to Gan Eden. Who wouldn't suffer for a few moments to obtain a free pass to Heaven no questions asked? Furthermore the Kol Bo says that anyone who has made up their mind to die "Al Kiddush Hashem" feels no pain or suffering in death.

One answer is that Kiddush Hashem means giving away both this world and the next for Hashem. Total sacrifice of the body and soul. The gemara (Nazir 23b) says "Gadol Aveira Lishma; Great is a sin done for Hashem's sake. The whole point of a mitzva is to sanctify Hashem's name. Not to secure a good place for us in Olam Haba. True sacrifice means that we are happy to do something that will earn us a one way ticket to Gehinom if it will sanctify Hashem's name in the world.

In the famous words of Reb Chaim Velozhin, "Olam haba iz ah gutte zach, lehrnen Torah iz ah besser zach!"

Important Note: The heter of Aveira lishma is not for us to decide. Only a true gadol can take this upon himself.

Thu, 03 May 2007 03:00:00 +0000
Mitzva #296 Kiddush Hashem: Rambam's 4 Guidelines When You Must Give Up Your Life

1) Shlosha Chamuros - If it is one of the three big aveiros (idol worship, murder, or illicit relationships) you must give up you life regardless of the Goy's motives, even if there is no one present.
2) Sha'as HaShmad - If it is a time where there is a campaign to make the Jews give up their religion or even a campaign to make them give up a single mitzva (Shaas Hashmad) then even for the slightest aveira one must sacrifice their life even if there is no one present.
3) Chilul Hashem - If it is not one of the three big aveiros and it is not a Shaas Hashmad if the Goy forces you to do the aveira because he wants you to sin then if there are 10 Jews present you must sacrifice your life.
4) Hano'as Atzmo - If a Goy forces you to do an Aveira for his personal benefit you need not sacrifice your life if it is not one of the 3 big aveiros even if there are 10 Jews present.

Mon, 30 Apr 2007 03:00:00 +0000