The Chai Times // the Tense of the Mitzvahs
Jul 28, 2023 4:44 pm
In what Tense do we do the Mitzvahs
Do the mitzvahs in present tense “Today” (appearing 74 times in Moses’ words in Deuteronomy).
And what happens if I keep these mitzvahs because of yesterday, past tense?
Because they are the traditions of my forefathers, and therefore I cherish them?
Or if I keep these mitzvahs because of tomorrow, future tense—
so that I will achieve spiritual heights, arrive after this life in a lofty Garden of Eden, revisit this world renewed as the World To Come?
Then I am a blind fool, a willing captive of a passing dream. A sheep that surrenders in silence as they shear its wool.
In a mitzvah right now, I hold the ultimate experience of truth,
of life, of G‑d Himself in my hands—
and I look to the past or to the future, to what I can get out of this?!
-the Rebbe as adapted by Tzvi Freeman
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