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Zusha & Pumpidisa feat. Matt Dubb - Baruch Hashem | זושא ופומפדיסא עם מאט דאב - ברוך ה׳

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Psalms 32:7-8
You are my refuge; You guard me from the enemy terror. You surround me with the joys of deliverance. Selah. You have said: I will teach you wisdom and light up the path you should travel. With gestures of my eye will I give you counsel.
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The 2nd mitzvah is that we are commanded to acquire knowledge of the nature of G‑d's Unity, i.e. to understand that the Original Creator and Source of all existence is One.

The source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He), "Hear [i.e. "understand"] O Israel, G‑d is our Lord, G‑d is One."

In most Midrashim you will find this mitzvah described [in the context of G‑d's statement that a certain kindness was done to the Jewish people,] "on condition that they unify My Name," "on condition that they unite Me," or a similar expression. They mean to say that G‑d took us out of bondage and heaped kindness upon us upon condition that we have His Unity firmly fixed in our minds — since we are required to do so. [From this we see that knowledge of His unity is an actual requirement, and is therefore counted as one of the 613 commandments.]

In many places the expression is used, "the mitzvah of His Unity" [the word "mitzvah" also indicating that this counts as one of the 613 commandments.]

Our Sages also called this mitzvah "Kingdom," saying that [the paragraph Shema is read before V'haya] "in order to accept upon oneself the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven," i.e. to acknowledge and comprehend His Unity.
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The 2nd mitzvah is that we are commanded to acquire knowledge of the nature of G‑d's Unity, i.e. to understand that the Original Creator and Source of all existence is One.

The source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He), "Hear [i.e. "understand"] O Israel, G‑d is our Lord, G‑d is One."

In most Midrashim you will find this mitzvah described [in the context of G‑d's statement that a certain kindness was done to the Jewish people,] "on condition that they unify My Name," "on condition that they unite Me," or a similar expression. They mean to say that G‑d took us out of bondage and heaped kindness upon us upon condition that we have His Unity firmly fixed in our minds — since we are required to do so. [From this we see that knowledge of His unity is an actual requirement, and is therefore counted as one of the 613 commandments.]

In many places the expression is used, "the mitzvah of His Unity" [the word "mitzvah" also indicating that this counts as one of the 613 commandments.]

Our Sages also called this mitzvah "Kingdom," saying that [the paragraph Shema is read before V'haya] "in order to accept upon oneself the yoke of the Kingdom of Heaven," i.e. to acknowledge and comprehend His Unity.

I have created a forum topic where we can gather our questions.
https://assemble-together.org/jeffrey-siegel/forum/613-mitzvot/586/mitzvah-2-acquire-knowledge-of-the-nature-of-g-ds-unity
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"The source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He), "Hear [i.e. "understand"] O Israel, G‑d is our Lord, G‑d is... "
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"Mitzvah #1 - acquire knowledge of the nature of G‑d's existence "
"I would be interested in hearing some of the more unique or unusual ways that this mitzvah can be, or has been, accomplished (ie stories from the... "
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@clear-brewer commented on @jeffrey-siegel's Timeline
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It has been suggested that I post a daily mitzvah. We know from the Talmud that there are 613 mitzvot in the Torah, but they are not enumerated. The most widely accepted version is that of RAMBAM. I will be posting daily one of the 613, based on RAMBAM's Sefer Hamitzvot. I am reposting from Chabad.org's excellent translation, including their brief explanations. I will be altering the text only to change it to Sepharadic pronunciation. If you have questions, i will allow time at the beginning of each of my online classes to discuss them; so write them down.

The first mitzvah is that we are commanded to acquire knowledge of the nature of G‑d's existence, i.e. to understand that He is the Original cause and Source of existence Who brings all creations into being.

The source of this commandment is G‑d's statement (exalted be He), "I am G‑d your Lord."

[We see that this commandment is included in the total of 613 from] the end of the tractate Makkot, which states, "613 commandments were given to Moshe at Sinai. From which verse do we see this? — 'The Torah which was commanded to us by Moshe.' "This indicates [that the number of mitzvos which Moshe commanded us equals] the numerical value of the word Torah. The Gemara than asks, "But is this the proper numerical value? It only totals 611!" The answer was given, "The two commandments 'I am G‑d your Lord' and 'Do not have any other gods' were heard from G‑d directly" [and not through Moshe. They are therefore not alluded to in the word Torah in this verse, which refers only to those 611 mitzvos which were given through Moshe. It is included, however, in the total of 613.]

It is clear from this passage that "I am G‑d your Lord," i.e. knowledge of G‑d, as explained above, is counted as one of the 613 mitzvos.

I have created a forum topic where we can gather our questions.
https://assemble-together.org/jeffrey-siegel/forum/613-mitzvot/582/mitzvah-1-acquire-knowledge-of-the-nature-of-g-ds-existence
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