Posted on June 7, 2013
Unfortunately, many people consider the performance of “ethical mitzvot,” such as feeding the hungry, to be less important or not on the same level as ritual mitzvot, like observing kashrut or Shabbat. In this article, Rabbi Ashira Konigsburg brings Jewish sources to show the importance of the ethical mitzvot in Jewish tradition and observance. Interestingly, she also stresses how the ethical mitzvot are often found to be more meaningful to people and are what bring Jews to relate and connect to their Jewish identity. I agree and this idea in large part is what Areyvut is all about. If you are looking for sources on “ethical mitzvot” I invite you to visit http://www.areyvut.org/resources/sources/.
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