[Avodah] A question for the Chevre

Moshe Y. Gluck mgluck at gmail.com
Sat Feb 9 21:10:37 PST 2013

R' MZ:

> You have a secular Jew who's on his way to Africa for the rest of his
> life, and you have an opportunity to teach him one mitzva that he'll keep
> until he dies. ... Do you teach him: a) to love Hashem, or b) not to
> take bones out of a fish on Shabbos?

> To emphasize, the question here is not a kiruv/chinuch strategy question
> -- it won't lead to more mitzvos. It's a question of priorities
> in halacha. To this Rav, it was pashut that you teach him about
> borer. Thoughts?

Since the ultimate shleimus is achieved through d'veykus b'Hashem, and (I
would think) one is more likely to achieve d'veykus via Ahavas Hashem than
by not taking bones out of a fish on Shabbos, therefore my vote goes to the
Ahavas Hashem choice. (See Mesillas Yesharim perek 1.)





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