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How do we know there are 613 mitzvos?
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The Talmud in Makkos (23b-24a) tells us: Rav Simlai expounded: 613 mitzvos were transmitted via Moshe – 365 negative commandments corresponding to the number of days in a solar year and 248 positive commandments, corresponding to the number of limbs and organs in the human body. Rav Hamnuna asked: What is a Biblical support for […]
What are included in the 613 mitzvos?
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While the number of mitzvos is generally accepted, what’s on the list can vary depending on the authority consulted. How is that? Well, first of all, not everything is clear whether or not it’s a command. Let’s look at two examples: Exodus 14:13 tells us, “Moses told the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand strong […]
Where do we find out about the 613 mitzvos?
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The primary sources for this project are: · Sefer HaMitzvos of the Rambam (12th century). This work follows the order of his Mishneh Torah (Yad Chazakah) and lists positive and negative commandments separately. · Sefer HaChinuch, an anonymous work popularly attributed to one of two scholars named Rav Aharon HaLevi of Barcelona (13th century). This […]