Sunday, October 09, 2005

DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Monday, October 10, 2005


Tishrei 7, 5766 * October 10, 2005

D A I L Y M I T Z V A H (M A I M O N I D E S )

Today's Mitzvah (Day 38 of 339):

Positive Mitzvah 154: Resting on Shabbat

Exodus 23:12 "And on the seventh day you shall rest"

Look at a globe or a map and spot an island.

Do you see that bold brown patch of land amidst the surrounding
blue water area?

It is clearly visible, existing peacefully and calmly, while the
waves fling themselves against its sandy beaches.

The seventh day of the week - Shabbat - can be compared to an island.

Not a geographical one, but rather an "island in time."

The days before and the following week are busy and full of weekday
activity. They are like those tossing waves in the sea. Shabbat
is like that peaceful island.

We are commanded to stop all our work and rest on Shabbat.

On Shabbat, we do not concern nor involve ourselves in our weekday
work and occupations.

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PLEASE NOTE: The Daily Mitzvah schedule runs parallel to the daily
study of 3 chapters of Maimonides' 14-volume code. There are
instances when the Mitzvah is repeated a few days consecutively
while the exploration of the same Mitzvah continues in the in-depth


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