Thursday, July 10, 2008

The equality of all mitzvot


"Be careful with a light Mitzvah, as you would with a difficult Mitzvah."

(Pirkei Avot 2:1)

The "Tashbetz" commentary explains: The Torah does not list levels of reward for the vast majority of commandments, in the way it lists levels of punishment for violation of prohibitions. This indicates the equivalence of all commandments.

Further, we have a rule that a person involved in one Mitzvah is exempt from all other Mitzvot, regardless of the importance of the individual Mitzvah. (This is suspended in certain specific cases, but the rule is generally true.) This, again, shows that all Mitzvot are equally important.

Have a great day,

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