The Talmud (see, for example, Makot
Indeed, not every good deed is a commandment. For example, good manners and courtesy are important and endorsed, because they make people happier and the world a better place to live, but if you choose not to hold the door open for somebody who walks behind you, you do not commit a sin.
The Torah (as well as subsequent Jewish teachings) teaches us good manners and desirable conduct through stories about virtuous people. After his circumcision, at the age of 99 (Genesis ), Abraham rests at the entrance to his tent. It is a hot day, he is not feeling very well, and he sees three people, strangers to him, standing outside in the heat. The old man immediately runs to greet them and invites them to be his guests, wash, rest and eat. In order to convince them to accept his invi
For the sake of a good deed -- hospitality, Abraham ignored his soreness, his age, the heat. There were many good excuses which he could use to remain at rest, but he was looking for virtues, not excuses. At that time, he did not know that the three strangers were messengers from God.
The mitzvot, regardless of their listed number, are not intended to restrict. The goal, as s
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