Saturday, April 23, 2011

The Mitzvot of Pesach - Refraining from Melachah


[Please note: This concludes our current series on "The Mitzvot of Pesach", but we did not cover all of the relevant mitzvot. Perhaps we'll return to the theme next year.]

We are taught to cease all melachah on the first (Mitzvah 298 in the Sefer haChinuch’s count) and seventh (Mitzvah 300) days of Pesach. “Melachah” is the set of tasks employed in building and maintaining the mishkan, the portable Temple which the Jews used before the permanent Beit haMikdash was built in Jerusalem. As the Sefer haChinuch notes, refraining from melachah has many benefits, including permitting us to spend time focussing on the miracles performed on these days.

Good moed,

1 comment:

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