Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
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…for you do not know the reward for the respective mitzvot
The reward for a mitzvah is commensurate with its ability to bring a person close to HaShem. It is entirely possible that a minor mitzvah brings a person closer to HaShem than doe a major one.
…Calculate the loss due to a mitzvah against its reward
The loss due to fulfilling a positive commandment is the effort or expense required to fulfill it. The loss due to not transgressing a negative commandment is the pleasure it would have provided.
…the reward of a sin against its cost
The reward of a sin is the pleasure that the transgression offers; the cost is the lost reward which HaShem would have bestowed for observing His commandment.
Calculate the loss to a mitzvah against its reward, and the reward of a sin against its cost.
In reality, our mishnah does not consider reward to be the purpose behind observing mitzvot. It uses the fact that there is a reward as a practical stratagem, to deal with the lethargy and temptation. Ideally, the motivation to observe mitzvot should clearly be the love of HaShem.
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