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Daily Mitzvah (Rambam)

Day 5: 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
As long as Sarah lived, there was a blessing on her dough, and the lamp used to burn from the eve of the Sabbath until the eve of the following Sabbath; when she died, these ceased; but when Rebecca came, they returned
  –Midrash Rabbah, Bereishit 60
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