Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Internalizing awe through our actions


Regarding the mitzvah of not taking large steps on the mizbeiach [altar in the Beit haMikdash]:

“Among the roots of this mitzvah is… to establish in ourselves awe of the site and awareness of its significance. Therefore, we are instructed not to act frivolously there, in any way. Everyone knows that the stones will not care about any disrespect toward them – they neither see nor hear – but the point is to help us internalize awe of the site and awareness of its significance and great honor, for the heart is activated by our actions.”

(Sefer haChinuch, Mitzvah 41)

Have a great day,

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