STEP 3: MITZVAH PRESENTATION DUE DEC 16 AND DEC 18
- PRESENT THE ORDER OF YOUR 20 MITZVOT
- EXPLAIN WHY YOU CHOSE THE TOP 5 AS THE MOST IMPORTANT
- RESPOND TO THE FOLLOWING: שו”ת רדב”ז חלק ד’ סימן יג אלף פז
- Reuven was imprisoned in jail and was unable to get
out in order to daven in a minyan or perform mitzvot. He pleaded
before the officer … who was unwilling to make any allowances
other than to allow him one day of the year of his choice to be
able to get a furlough from the prison. May the guide please
teach me which day of all the days of the year should Reuven
choose in order to be able to leave jail to go to the synagogue?
- Essentially, as the Radvaz explained, the Torah goes out of its way to show that all mitzvot are significant. We cannot treat one mitzva as being more important than another. We shouldn’t choose favorites, as they are all favorites. Explain your answer to question 4.
- Using Sefaria explain the following 2 Mitzvot and if you feel it contradicts question 4 דברים פרק ה פסוק טז and דברים פרק כב פסוק ז Use commentary like Rashi to explain the 2 Mitzvot
- Define מצווה please explain the שורש
- Why do you think we are told to perform Mitzvot?
- Just as looking at each mitzvah independently shows us how important each one is, the same idea emerges when we look at all the mitzvot together. Hashem commanded us to do many mitzvot. What do you think that means about each one? Think about the following examples and decide if you think all mitzvot play a unique role within the whole large system of Torah. The Torah makes it clear that the system of mitzvot is perfect and that we shouldn’t add or subtract from it.
- Is the number of mitzvot in the Torah random? Use Sefaria to help with your answer. תלמוד בבלי מסכת מכות דף כג עמוד ב- כד עמוד א
11. In order to fulfill the entire Torah from A-Z we need the entire Jewish people. Each Jew has his or her own unique role to play in the fulfillment of the Torah. To keep all the mitzvot means to have the entire Jewish people observing Hashem’s Torah and mitzvot. In a way, each Jew is like another mitzva. Just like each mitzva represents another part of the body, so too each Jew represents another limb. Together, a full body is formed. The mitzvot were given to the Jewish people as a whole. The more unified we are, the more our individual fulfillment of mitzvot can be viewed as one big body, our whole people, keeping all the mitzvot together.
What do you think is the message that Hashem is sending us about the Torah?