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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 Achashverosh declared that he would] "do the will of each and every one" (Esther 1:8), G-d said: "Wicked one! If two people desire to marry the same woman, can she marry both of them? If there are two sailing ships out in the ocean, and one requires a southern wind and the other requires a northern wind, could one wind move them both? Tomorrow, two people will come to you, Mordechai and Haman; could you satisfy both, but to promote the one and hang the other...? The only one who can 'do the will of each and every one' is G-d, of whom it is written (Psalms 145:16) "You open Your Hand, and satisfy every life and will...'"
  –Midrash Rabbah, Esther 2
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