Wise Fridays: The Most Difficult Commandment

Rabbi Shimon bar Yohai taught: The Holy One has [only] revealed the reward for obeying two commandments in the Torah: one of them is the least difficult, and the other is the most difficult.

The least difficult concerns letting the mother-bird go when chancing on her nest –- with regard to it, the Torah promises that you will fare well and have a long life. The most difficult concerns honoring one’s father and mother -– with regard to it also, the Torah promises “that you may live long and that you may fare well.” So the two commandments are alike in the reward received in this world for their observance.

Tanhuma Eikev 2

Go here for more Wise Fridays wisdom.

Discover More

Learning From Sotah

This week’s Torah portion discusses the sotah, a woman suspected of adultery, who’s is forced to drink “bitter water” to ...

LOST: Was Yitro Right Or Wrong?

SPOILER ALERT: If you watch LOST, but haven’t seen this week’s season premiere, you should stop reading. Also, if you ...

Engaging Difficult Texts

This week, I contributed the Dvar Torah to American Jewish World Service’s Dvar Tzedek (which we also syndicate on MJL). ...