Wednesday, August 01, 2007

Eikev 5631 First Ma'amar

וְהָיָה עֵקֶב תִּשְׁמְעוּן אֵת הַמִּשְׁפָּטִים הָאֵלֶּה .../And it will be, because you will heed these laws …” The word, eikev/because appears awkward. The pasuk could have said simply, “If you will heed these laws …” as it says in other places. Rashi, addressing this question, quotes the Midrash that the word eikev/because, which also means heel, refers to “light” mitzvos that people tread on with their heel, so to speak. If we keep even those mitzvos that people tend to neglect, then surely God will keep His promise to our forefathers.

The Sfas Emes expounds on these “light” mitzvos. Which mitzvos are Chazal referring to?
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1 comment:

Jonathan Taitz said...

Hi Moshe
Thanks again for your efforts.
Jonathan Taitz