Submitting to Hashem

I counted seventy seven Torah laws in the double Parsha of אחרי מות-קדושים. This is more Mitzvot than on any one Shabbat during the year. This number is according to the של״ה הקודש. I haven't checked to see if Torah Tidbits agrees.

The end of the second Parsha seems to sum up what our overall attitude is supposed to be regarding Halacha. Rashi brings the concept of גדול המצוה ועושה משאינו מצוה ועושה, that it is a higher level to observe a Mitzva we are commanded, more than a Mitzva we are not commanded.

Rashi brings a proof of this from a statement of Rav Elazar Ben Azaria, a Tanna. "One should not say that my soul detests the flesh of the swine. But it is preferred that he says he would love to eat pork. But the only reason he won't eat it, is because we are commanded against it.

We must remember that our observance of the Torah comes from our submission and surrender to Hashem's word over what we might think is right and work. As it says in Pirkei Avot, we must make our will coincide with Hashem's will. Shabbat Shalom.

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