Monday, December 28, 2009

Mitzvah #60 - Be joyful on Festivals

It's a Mitzva to be happy on the 3 Jewish Festivals.

In the time of the Bet Hamikdash one was required to rejoice by eating meat from sacrifices.

Nowadays one has to eat meat and drink wine.

One has to make ones wife happy by buying her pretty clothes, the kids with treats and the poor with donations.

One should not get drunk, since this rejoicing should be conducive to doing Mitzvot and serving Hashem with joy, not simply to be merry.

Applies to everybody, everywhere, on Pessach, Shavuoth and Sukkoth.

Verse: "and be joyous on your festivals" (Devorim 16:14)

Source: The Chafetz-Chaim's Sefer haMitzvot haKatzar; Positive Mitzvah 21

- Danny
Monday, 11 Tevet 5770

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