The Living Law
The 613 Commandments in Jewish Thought
Our journey through life is an exciting yet hazardous experience. The greatest danger we face is to travel without a map. The key to navigate every step of the way and to successfully arrive at our destination, it is essential that we read, study and understand the map’s instructions and symbols.
Torah is the “map of life” whose laws are the “Taryag Mitzvos, 613 Commandments”.
Jewish living as practiced in mitzvah observance is the primer for living in this journey.
“THE LIVING LAW” giving by the “living G-d”, Torah is the life-force of the Jewish people that has sustained them through the ages.
What is the meaning of each mitzvah? What reasons and insights lie within the Torah laws? Are how will observing the commandments enable us to forge an eternal relationship with our Creator?
THE LIVING LAW is a thought-provoking class that will investigate, research, and “taste” the profound depth of the 613 commandments. Discovering the inspirational meaning of theses laws, we will discover how each mitzvah speaks to the contemporary twenty-first century Jew. The inner messages of our holy practices are there to define and enrich our lives – forever.
The course is presented by Osher Chaim Levene, author of SET IN STONE (2004: Targum) about the meaning of mitzvah observance and PEOPLE OF THE BOOK(2007: Targum) about the biblical personalities. A London-based writer and educator whose website www.mitzva.org explores the wisdom of the commandments, he learned at the Gateshead and Mir Yeshivas, holds a Bachelor of Science (Honors) business degree from London’s City University, and is a Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
For any comments, questions or specific mitzvah requests, please contact Osher Chaim Levene.
- Noach Procreation: Creating Worlds
- Noach Stealing: Not For The Taking
- Noach The Seven Noachide Laws
- Lech Lecha Bris Milah: Mark of Distinction
- Lech Lecha Emunah: Keeping the Faith
- Vayera Chinuch: Training for Life
- Vayera Homosexuality
- Vayera Of Converts from Moav and Ammon
- Vayera Tzedakah: A Charitable Cause
- Chayei Sarah Shevuah: I Solemnly Swear
- Toldos Eretz Yisrael: Land of Mitzvos
- Toldos Murder: Going for the Kill
- Vayeitzei Maaser: Give Me a Tenth!
- Vayeitzei Of Climbing Ladders and Tugging Ropes
- Vayeitzei Respect of the Sanctuary: On Sacred Ground
- Vayishlach Honoring Parents: Parental Guidance
- Vayishlach Taryag Mitzvos: No. 613
- Vayeishev Eglah Arufah: Of Calves & Fruit
- Miketz Yiras Shomayim: The G-d-fearer
- Vayechi Shema: The Holy One and Only One
- Vayechi What a Stone!
- Shemos Tochacha: The Stinging Rebuke
- Vaera Jewish Servant: Born to Serve
- Vaera Magic: Spell-Binding
- Vaera Strangers in our Midst?
- Bo Leftovers: No part will be left behind!
- Bo Petter Chamor: Drop the Dead Donkey
- Beshalach Anatomy of a Sin
- Beshalach The Shabbos Remembrance
- Yisro Avodah Zarah: Of Idols & Ideology
- Yisro Talmud Torah: Learning for Life
- Yisro Ten Commandments: Ten of the Best!
- Yisro Two Tablets: Prescription for Jewish Observance
- Mishpatim Capital Punishment: Courting Death
- Mishpatim Hashovas Aveidah: All is Not Lost
- Terumah Hiddur Mitzvah: What a Beautiful Mitzvah!
- Terumah Mikdash: The House that Man Builds
- Tetzaveh Amalek: Existence and Non-Existence
- Tetzaveh Kindling the Menorah: Lighting up
- Ki Sisa Basar b’Chalav: Milk Shall Not Meat
- Ki Sisa Machatzis HaShekel: The Halfway Mark
- Vayakhel-Pekudei Kiddush HaChodesh: Moonlight
- Vayakhel-Pekudei The Sanctuary of Shabbos
- Vayikra Korban Pesach: Blood of the Offering
- Shemini-Metzorah New Mother’s Offerings: Of Childbirth & Impurity
- Tazria-Metzorah Tzaraas: Spot Checks
- Tazria-Metzorah Tzaraas: Spot the Problem
- Acharei Mos-Kedoshim Love Your Neighbor: Who Needs Friends?
- Acharei Mos-Kedoshim Orlah: Spiritual Barriers
- Acharei Mos-Kedoshim Tattooing: Under your skin
- Emor Kiddush Hashem: The Great Sanctifiers
- Emor Omer: The New Crop
- Behar-Bechukosai No, Israel is not for Sale
- Naso Priestly Blessings: Be Blessed
- Behaaloscha Bechor: That’s My Firstborn!
- Behaaloscha Pesach Sheni: Second Chances
- Shlach Challah: The Breadwinner
- Shlach Tzitzis: On the Fringe
- Korach Ketores: It Smells Divine
- Chukas-Balak By Royal Appointment
- Chukas-Balak Parah Adumah: A Matter of Life and Death
- Chukas-Balak Three Festivals: The Holy Journey
- Pinchas Tamid: From Start to Finish
- Pinchas Tumas Kohen: Impure Contact
- Matos-Masei Vengeance: Revenge is Sweet
- Matos-Masei Cities of Refuge: Sanctuary for Survival
- Vaeschanan Ahavas Hashem: For the Love of G-d
- Eikev Downtrodden
- Eikev Tefillin: Tied Up
- Reeh Not a Mitzvah More, Not a Mitzvah Less
- Shoftim Conspiring Witnesses: The Conspiracy
- Shoftim Melech: The King and I
- Shoftim Nevuah: Words of the Prophets
- Ki Seitzei Yefas Toar: Captivating Beauty
- Ki Savo The Joy of Mitzvah Observance
- Ki Savo The Reward of a Mitzvah
- Netzavim-Vayeilech Shofar: The Court Summons
- Elul / Rosh Hashanah Shofar: Shock Treatment
- Yom Kippur Sair HaMishtaleach: The Scapegoat
- Yom Kippur Teshuvah: Changes
- Yom Kippur Viduy: I Confess!
- Yom Kippur Yom Kippur: Of Angels & Men
- Sukkos Four Species: All for One; One for All
- Sukkos Succah: Strictly Under Divine Supervision
- Chanukah Chanukah: Lights, Camera, Action!
- Chanukah Mitzvah Lamp
- Purim Parashas Zochor: Doomsday Amalek
- Pesach Telling the Story of the Exodus: Once Upon a Time…