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Why is Judaism so detail-oriented?

by Rabbi Naftali Silberberg

  

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Judaism is very detail oriented because that is what Judaism and Torah are all about. They aren't merely a religion, or a book to learn, but a way of life with very specific details.

We were created to transform this mundane world into a divine dwelling place for G-d. This mission is accomplished through doing mitzvahs, because every Mitzvah that we do suffuses the physical object with which the mitzvah is performed (and the one who performs the mitzvah) with holiness and G-dliness.

How incredible, that mortal humans made of flesh and blood, have the ability to connect with the infinite G-d in every single detail of our lives!
How incredible it is that we, mortal humans made of flesh and blood, have the ability to connect ourselves with the infinite G-d in every single detail of our lives! Isn't it unbelievable that by tying your left shoe before the right one or by saying the Asher Yatzar blessing upon leaving the restroom you are forming an eternal, unbreakable bond between you and G-d?!

G-d, in His infinite love for us, gave us countless opportunities to be holy, spiritual and divine. Wherever we turn we have another opportunity to do a mitzvah.

Remember: "The Holy One, blessed be He, wished to make the people of Israel meritorious; therefore He gave them Torah and Mitzvahs in abundant measure."1

There is merit in the abundance of details.

Footnotes

  • 1. Mishnah tractate Makkot 3:17

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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.
Torah
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.
G-d
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.