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A Constant Awareness

Mrs. Shani Mendlowitz

If anyone ever offers you a penny for your thoughts, walk away. I can show you the path to a far sweeter deal, with the promise of infinite returns.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

There are six mitzvos that you can do anytime, anywhere. The mitzvos themselves are quite familiar to you and all observant Jews; it’s the bundling of all six into one unique package that may be a novel idea.

Most mitzvos require a specific framework. They apply to a particular time, such as eating matzah on Seder night; in a distinct place, such as separating terumah and maaser from fruits grown in Eretz Yisrael; or in a certain situation, such as paying a worker on time. The Sefer Hachinuch tells us that out of the 613, there are six mitzvos temidiyos, six constant mitzvos. They present a unique opportunity — they can be fulfilled at any time, in any place, by any person, through thought alone.

These six constant mitzvos are as follows:

• to believe in Hashem

• not to believe in any other powers

• to know that Hashem is One

• to love Hashem

• to fear Hashem

• not to stray after our hearts and eyes

On the simple level, these mitzvos present a fantastic opportunity — the deal of a lifetime, or better, the deal of eternal life. As the Mishnah Berurah writes: “Each moment that one contemplates these thoughts, he earns reward, and there is no limit to the reward for mitzvos.”

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