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When it comes to observing the mitzvahs, is it 'all or nothing'?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg


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According to the Torah, any Jew who was raised in a non-religious atmosphere and was not accorded a proper Jewish education, has the Halachic status of a "tinok shenishba [a child who was raised amongst gentiles and therefore does not know of the importance of Torah and Mitzvahs]," and cannot be held responsible for his or her lack of observance.

As long as you have your eye focused on the top of the ladder, it is fine if you ascend slowly but surely
A person's goal should be to fulfill all of G-d's commandments. However, for people who are new to Torah and mitzvahs, it wouldn't be practical to demand of them to suddenly start observing all of the commandments at once. In fact, the majority of people who have embraced all the commandments at once have been unable to keep going for very long. G-d understands this and expects you to advance at the pace you feel comfortable with and that which is sustainable for you.

As long as you have your eye focused on the top of the ladder, it is fine if you ascend slowly but surely.


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Torah is G–d’s teaching to man. In general terms, we refer to the Five Books of Moses as “The Torah.” But in truth, all Jewish beliefs and laws are part of the Torah.
Pertaining to Jewish Law.
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.