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Daily Mitzvah, Day 73: Out of Wedlock Intimacy, Part 3

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Daily Mitzvah, Day 73: Out of Wedlock Intimacy, Part 3

Study the daily lesson of Sefer HaMitzvos for day 73 with Rabbi Mendel Kaplan, where he teaches the mitzvah in-depth with added insight and detail.
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Jonathan Dance Ashford May 3, 2021

I listened to this with interest.

From a position of considerable ignorance, can I ask why there is so much reference to specific teachings, writings, laws and so on? So arguments and counter-arguments are set against each other but almost dryly and a little separated form humanity? I note of course that the "human" understanding is also present.

Is it not the case that one can seek guidance through prayer? Or does that make morality too subjective?

Please be assured that Christians are just as prone to rule quoting albeit tend not to be anything like as well informed in matters biblical in most cases! Reply

Simcha Bart May 7, 2021
in response to Jonathan Dance :

You are correct. Laws and rules, cannot be determined by prayer at all, no more than any society's laws can be determined through prayer. May I steal today from this person - I will pray on it. Can I drive through a red light - I will pray on it. Just as the laws that society has are for society's benefit - so too G-d's laws, as elaborated on by our sages, are there for our benefit. Please read The Oral Torah Versus the Written Torah Why Not Just Go By the Book? By Tzvi Freeman at to get an understanding of how all of this works. Reply

Jonathan Dance Ashford May 3, 2021

Yet another teaching we (Christians) have "borrowed from your good selves :-) Reply

Rabbi Mendel Kaplan studies the daily lesson in Maimonides' Sefer HaMitzvos according to the daily study cycle completing all 613 commandments in the course of just under a year.
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