So Avi was sent to the Lubavitch yeshivah in New York until after bar mitsvah
. In 1948 the family moved to Detroit, Michigan, where Avi studied at Yeshivah Beth Yehudah until entering Wayne State University to major in physics.
I knew that the Torah says (Deuteronomy 22:4) that it is a Mitsvah
to help someone in a situation like this, but I was sure I was inadequate to do it; so I replied," I cannot do it".
As Stefan prepared for his Bar Mitsvah
in Vienna his uncle and aunt were buried quietly in Bordeaux.
Conversely, they made the honour of the Other into a supreme mitsvah
, the opposite of humiliation of the face of the Other.'
L'ebraismo e una comunita di regole, e questa e la cerimonia del Bar Mitsvah
, che significa figlio della legge.
Just as physics research was not just a means of making a living, learning Torah was not just a mitsvah
to be fulfilled.
Autonomy is superseded by our responsibility to perform the mitsvah
of hinukh, to educate our children and care for their physical development.
A child doesn't need to be sophisticated to do a mitsvah
; neither do the innumerable people the Rebbe reached.
As a scientist--I'm not a rabbi--I view the first mitsvah
given in the Torah, pru uvru, to be fruitful and multiply, as a commandment for all humankind.
The Baalei Tosafot say in several places that it's true that women are not obligated to fulfill the specific mitsvah
of pru uvru, but there is a commandment that precedes the giving of the Torah, and that is G-d's desire that we settle the Earth, la'shevet ha'olam:
The halakhah is that upon entering the age of bat or bar mitsvah
, a person is considered capable of deliberate action and is responsible for those actions.