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Connecting Our Work to Commandments

Rabbi Ya'aqob Menashe
Wednesday, May 3, 2017/Iyyar 7, 5777

קשרם על אצבעתיך כתבם על לוח לבך "Tie them to your fingers and write them on the tablet of your heart" (Mishlei, 7:3). We often hear people say, "I wish I could do more Miswoth, but my work preoccupies me so much that I don't have the opportunity to do more".

The Yerushalmi (Hallah 1:6) tells us that there is a comparison to be made between the ten fingers and the 10 stages involved in making bread. The ten start with the plowing and end with the separation of the Hallah from the dough. So too, in all the different types of work and labor that we do, we must connect the action with a commandment. If plowing a field, we must think of the prohibition of not plowing with an ox and a donkey together.

When harvesting, one must think of the various commandments associated with it, including leaving the corners for the poor. When making profit in business one must give a percentage to the poor. In other words, one must consciously connect all one's actions to a corresponding commandment. In this way, one ties the Miswoth to one's fingers.

(See Alsheikh, Mishlei 7:3)

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Alshich, alsheich, alshikh, alsheik, Mishlei, Proverbs, Shlomo Hamelech, king Solomon

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