Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Interconnectedness of mitzvot


Liturgy recited by many Jews in introducing various mitzvot includes the phrase, “And the 613 mitzvot which depend upon it [this mitzvah].”

“Know that the 613 mitzvot are the general group, and each mitzvah exists as an independent entity. The general group needs the individual entity, though, and so the 613 mitzvot depend upon each independent mitzvah.”

(Sfat Emet, Responsa 1, expanded in commentary to Netzavim 5664)

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