The Hakdoma to the Mesilas Yesharim part 1

The Hakdoma to the Mesilas Yesharim part 1

Rav Moshe Chaim Luzzato author of the Mesilas Yesharim, states in his opening paragraph that most people know much of its contents before they read it. So why did he write it? The purpose[1] was to help the reader remember and be mindful of these concepts. Our goal...
Mitzva 28 Do not bow to a foreign ‘God’

Mitzva 28 Do not bow to a foreign ‘God’

לא תשתחוה להם ולא תעבדם שמות כ:ה What Do not bow to another "god", even without intention of serving it and even if the 'god' in question is not served through bowing to it. Type Negative prohibition When Anytime Where Anywhere Who Anyone Additional details Like if...
Mitzva 23 Kill the first born donkey

Mitzva 23 Kill the first born donkey

ואם לא תפדה וערפתו שמות יג יג What If one doesn't redeem a first born donkey, then he should kill it. How With a hatchet Also included It is forbidden to derive benefit from a first born donkey who has not been redeemed, whether or not it is killed. It is even...
Mitzva 22 Redeem a first born donkey

Mitzva 22 Redeem a first born donkey

וכל פטר חמור תפדה בשה שמות יג יג What To redeem every first born male donkey with a lamb How The Yisrael takes a lamb and gives to the Kohen in redemption of the donkey. The donkey belongs to Hashem as explained in Mitzva 18, Hashem gives it to the Kohen. Therefore...