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Shabbat Message to Congregation Shaarei Kodesh - Behar 2016/5776

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Shalom Shaarei Kodesh,
There is a famous teaching in the Jewish tradition (the Ethics of Our Fathers 4:2):  "Mitzvah Gorreret Mitzvah, Aveirah Gorreret Aveirah" "One mitzvah leads to another mitzvah and one transgression generates another." The recently published Siddur Lev Shalem, the Rabbinical Assembly's new siddur for the Conservative movement (please contact me if you would like to purchase a copy at a discount), comments on this very important teaching:  "The Torah's commandments are different gateways into human vitality, which are mapped out and placed at students' disposal so that they might go through them and grow.  Enter each gateway that opens for you.  Flee from sin, because an aveirah pushes a person away from the open gateways toward impassable walls.  Mitzvah and aveirah are two instructors in spiritual and moral topography, teaching one to identify openings and walls.  Choose an open gateway, and distance yourself from the walls.…