One thing that Judaism has is lots and lots of mitzvos. Mitzvos that govern how to eat, talk, get dressed, get married. Most of the mitzvos are related to specific acts (like cooking) or specific times (like waking up in the morning). There are, however, six mitzvos that one is supposed to keep in mind all the time. They are known as the six constant mitzvos.
I was reading an article on Aish.com, and it reminded me that I hadn’t thought about these mitzvos in a while (yes, the irony is not lost on me).
One of the neat things about these six mitzvos, is that all the other mitzvos help feed into them. They are all kind of a way to develop a continual state of being aware of G-d. The six constant mitzvos are supposed to be what I’m thinking about all the time (yeah, I’m not there yet), and all the other mitzvos I do, like making a bracha before and after I eat something, for instance, are supposed to help me remember these basic six mitzvos. I love it when things are all interconnected like that.
So, a quick look at the first one:
Know that there is a G-d.
Yep. Rule number one. Think the first of the ten commandments. This is it, more or less.
It’s important to note the phrasing of this mitzvah, specifically that it says to “know” that there is a G-d, not to “believe” that there is a G-d. This is kind of tied in to last week’s Torah Tuesdays, about choosing to see the miracles in our life. When taking a closer look at the mind-boggling structure and order within nature, it can solidify one’s understanding that there is a Creator who arranged all of that.
One perk of this mitzvah is that it’s one of the easier ones to do as a mommy. Just take a moment during the day and say, “Hey, I know there’s a G-d.” It’s not the kind of mitzvah which can be interrupted by a baby, or that interferes with dinner prep. The trickiest part is remembering to do it. I heard of a lady once who took time to review the six constant mitzvos everytime she was at a stoplight.
That’s it for this week. Short and sweet. Take some time each day and try to do this mitzvah.