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The Sharia of Moses in the TORA
Part 1 - The 248 Positive Commandments of the Tora


Leviticus 23:35 --On the first day there shall be a holy convocation. You shall do no customary work on it.”

Maimonides brings out the importance of the festivals of Passover and Tabernacles in the following words: “The two festivals, Passover and the Feast of Tabernacles, imply also the teaching of certain truths and certain moral lessons. Passover teaches us to remember the miracles God wrought in Egypt, and to perpetuate their memory; the Feast of Tabernacles reminds us of the miracles wrought in the wilderness. The moral lesson derived from these feasts is this: man ought to remember his evil days in his days of prosperity. He will thereby be induced to thank God repeatedly, to lead a modest and humble life. We eat, therefore, unleavened bread and bitter herbs on Passover in memory of what has happened unto us, and leave our houses (on Tabernacles) in order to dwell in booths, as inhabitants of deserts do that are in want of comfort.”*

* Moreh Nebuchim III, 43


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