Saturday, May 2, 2009

Anticipating reward for mitzvot


"The sages also instructed us that one should not make some entity into the essence of his service and his fulfillment of mitzvot.

"This was the statement of the complete one, the pious one, the one who grasped the truth, Antignos Ish Socho: Do not be as servants who serve the master in order to receive a prize, but be as servants who serve the master on condition that they not receive a prize."

(Rambam, Commentary to Mishnah, Introduction to the tenth chapter of Sanhedrin)

[Note the key variation from the standard text of Pirkei Avot 1:3.]

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