Biblical Faith – with Shmuel “Sam” Peak
If, however, you see fit to assume, to whatever extent you can, additional duties, beyond what is required — provided that you fulfill those that are obligatory, that your motive is love of piety, that your action is in harmony with reason and has not the remotest connection with base desire — the resolution is good. You will be rewarded for it, and, in undertaking it, you do not deviate from the view of the Early Ones, for they have said:
Make a fence for the Torah [Avot 1:1]. Why was Yerushalaiyim destroyed? Because they based their actions on Biblical law [Torah], and did not go beyond the strict requirements of the Torah [Bava Metsia 30b]. said R. Huna: Whoever is involved only in Torah study is like one who has no G-d, as it says, “For a long time Yisra’el was without the true G-d” [Diveri Ha-Yamim II, 15:3] — the inference is that without both Torah and acts of grace, one is “without the true G-d” [Avodah Zarah 17b].
Dedicated to the Land of Yisra’el