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What happens if I don't do one of the Mitzvahs?

by Rabbi Shlomo Chein

  

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Question:

What happens if a Jew doesn't follow one of the Mitzvahs? Thanks for your insight about this, Derrick

Answer:

He loses an opportunity to unite with G-d. He wounds his soul. And he severs a connection with his Creator, his people, and his true self.

He also creates an opportunity to do Teshuvah: to return.

Through a sin he creates a dark spot. Darkness is not good. But a dark spot is also a potential area for additional light. And additional light is very good.

So if he sinned let him use it as opportunity to return to G-d, to his people, and to his true self.

If he didn't sin, let him remember the above as a preventative for succumbing to the temptations of sin.

Let him also remember that through doing a Mitzvah he takes advantage of an oppurtunity to connect with G-d. He strengthens and delights his soul. And he connects to his Creator, his People and his true self.


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Mitzvah
(pl. Mitzvot). A commandment from G-d. Mitzvah also means a connection, for a Jew connects with G–d through fulfilling His commandments.
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It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.