Tuesday, October 11, 2005

DAILY MITZVAH (Maimonides): Wednesday, October 12, 2005


Tishrei 9, 5766 * October 12, 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 40 of 339):

Negative Mitzvah 320

Negative Mitzvah 320: It is forbidden to work on Shabbat

-Exodus 20:10 "You shall not do any manner of work"

Before the first Shabbat of the world, HaShem completed His work
of creation.

Everything had been created during the first six days and He
declared Shabbat a holy day of rest.

HaShem wants us to rest from our weekday work, too.

He commanded us to keep the Shabbat holy and not do any work.

What work is forbidden?

What one person may find a fun hobby, another may view as a
tedious job.

What does HaShem define as work?

The Torah defines thirty-nine forbidden activities which are
called "Melachah" - work - and which may not done on the Shabbat.

Using those rules as a base, our Rabbis have taught us a code
of laws instructing us how to keep Shabbat.

We are not allowed to do any of those activities which the
Torah considers to be Melachah on Shabbat.

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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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