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The First Mitzvah — Fixing the New month

The Torah was given to bring sanctity to the world. Each time a mitzvah is observed this goal is brought one stage closer, as another place and another moment becomes holy.

The mitzvah causes holiness to be felt in two dimensions: space and time, but most mitzvos are limited to a specific place or time. However, the mitzvah of fixing the new month is the sanctification of time itself, for every moment within a given month is dependent on the exact time which that month begins.

Time is even more general and all-encompassing than space, since: a.) Time was created before space, and, b.) No place can exist outside time (see Hemshech Ayin Beis vol. 1, p. 339).

Thus, the most generic of all mitzvos is the fixing of the new month, which is why it was written first.

(Based on Likutei Sichos vol. 26, p. 59ff.)

Some time ago Kol Menachem launched an online classroom for Jews on the go – ‘Torah in Ten’. The series provides weekly insightful conversations on the current Torah portion. The class includes interesting commentaries from renowned historical figures as well as modern views in addition to thought provoking and inspiring questions.Announcing his new idea Rabbi Miller wrote: “In this go, go, go world we live in, it can be difficult to sit down and find time to study the weekly parsha. And when shabbos rolls around, we all wish we had studied more and could contribute to the conversation at the shabbos table. Not to mention our children, don’t we all wish we could provide them beautiful insights into the weekly parsha?”.

‘Torah in Ten’ is now available not only from a computer. Asked by Jewish iPhone Community and many more iPhone users Kol Menachem kindly agreed to change the format of presentation so that weekly portion of ‘Torah in Ten’ was available to be watched on iPhone’s/iPad’s screens. Nu, now then, what kind of excuse will you come up with? Torah in Ten will take place every Thursday, for ten minutes. Let’s sum up with Rebbe’s words: “Our task is solely to illuminate the world with the light of Torah, Judaism and Chassidus”.

“Torah In Ten” videocast by Rabbi Chaim Miller – Parshas Bo


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