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Daily Mitzvah

Daily Mitzvah

Positive Commandment 1; Negative Commandment 1; Positive Commandment 2

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Positive Commandment 1 (Digest)
Belief in G-d

"I am the L-rd, your G‑d"Exodus 20:2.

The very first mitzvah is to believe in G‑d—a primal entity that is the cause and origin of all that exists.

Negative Commandment 1 (Digest)
Idol Worship

"You shall have no other gods besides Me"Exodus 20:3.

The very first prohibition is against ascribing G‑dly powers to any entity other than G‑d.

Positive Commandment 2 (Digest)
G-d’s Unity

"Hear O Israel, the L-rd is our G‑d, the L-rd is One"Deuteronomy 6:4.

We are commanded to believe and acknowledge that the One who provides existence to all of creation is one.


Translation of (the unabridged text of) Sefer Hamitzvot by Rabbi Berel Bell, member of the Rabbinical Court of Montreal and director of Teacher Training for the Jewish Learning Institute.

From "Sefer Hamitzvot in English," published by Sichos in English.
Daily Quote
When Moses ascended to heaven, he found G-d sitting and writing "forbearing." Said Moses to G-d: "Master of the Universe! Forbearing to the righteous?" Said G-d: "Also to the wicked." Said Moses: "Let the wicked perish!" Said G-d: "See now that you will need this." When Israel sinned, G-d said to Moses: "Did you not tell Me to be forbearing only toward the righteous?" Said Moses to Him: "Did You not say to me, 'Also to the wicked'?"
  –Talmud, Sanhedrin 111a
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