Saturday, October 11, 2008

Beautiful mitzvot


Preface: The Jews say, as they cross through the Red Sea, 'This is my Gd, and I will praise Him.' The word אנוהו means I will praise Him, but the gemara ties it to the word נאה, meaning beautiful, therefore reading the passage, I will beautify Him:

"'This is my Gd, and I will beautify Him' - Make yourselves beautiful before Him with mitzvot. Make a beautiful succah, make a beautiful lulav, make a beautiful shofar, make beautiful tzitzit, make a beautiful Torah scroll and write in it with proper intent using beautiful ink and a beautiful quill and an expert scribe, and wrap it in beautiful silks."

(Talmud, Shabbat 133b)

Have a great day,

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