More Taryag Fun

May 18, 2010, by

As we mentioned above, the gematria (numerical value) of the word Torah is 611. As per Deut. 33:4, Moshe communicated Torah – that is, 611 mitzvos – to the Jewish people. G-d spoke the first two of the “Ten Commandments” Himself, for a total of 613. Here are some more Taryag fun facts: · Ruth […]

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248 Limbs: Says Who?

May 17, 2010, by

We’ve said that there are 365 negative commandments, corresponding to the days in a solar year, and 248 positive commandments, corresponding to the limbs in a person. The days of a solar year are pretty easy to quantify (January 1, January 2, January 3, etc.), but what are the 248 limbs? How do we arrive […]

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Reasons vs. Lessons

May 16, 2010, by

In general, your humble author shies away from discussing the “reasons” for mitzvos, preferring to focus on the “lessons.” There are numerous reasons for this. The Torah rarely gives reasons for the mitzvos. In one famous instance, it does. Deuteronomy 17:16-17 says: “The king shall not gather himself many horses, which would cause the people […]

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What’s The OU’s Taryag?

May 10, 2010, by

In this project, we intend to review the 613 commandments in clear, modern terminology via a daily email (weekdays only, excepting holidays). We hope to present all 613 mitzvos in the order in which they appear in the Torah, along with our understanding of their reasons. (See the article “Reasons vs. Lessons.” ) We will […]

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