Monday, June 30, 2014

Respect the mitzvah, Respect the One who commanded it


[The Torah instructs us to bury the blood of certain animals, as well as birds, after performing shechitah.]

"When one buries the blood, he should not bury it with his foot, but with his hand, or a knife, or another tool, so as not to treat it with disgrace and degrade the mitzvot for himself.

"This honour is not due to the mitzvot themselves, but to the Blessed One who issued them, rescuing us from feeling our way in the dark and preparing for us a lamp by which to straighten the crooked and a light to show the paths of righteousness. Thus Tehillim 119:105 says, 'Your words are a lamp for my feet, and light for my path.'"

(Maimonides, Mishneh Torah, Laws of Shechitah 14:16)

המצפה לישועה,

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