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Tevuot Shor – The Joy of A Mitzvah

The 28th of Shevat is the Yahrtzeit of Rav Alexander Sender of Zholkov, (~1660-1737). He was the son of Rav Ephraim Zalman Shor, Magid of Lvov, and was orphaned as an infant. In 1704, Rav Alexander Sender went to live in Zholkov (Zolkiew) where he remained for the rest of his life, devoting himself to study and writing and earning his living working in a distillery. He was the author of Tevuos Shor, first published in 1733, on shechita and kashrus. He was a great-grandnephew of Rav Ephraim Zalman Shor, the author of a sefer by the same name, Tevuos Shor, a condensation of the Beis Yosef. [27 Shvat, according to some]

The joy of a Mitzvah is derived from the final letter of God’s Name, Y-H-V-H. When we perform a Mitzvah without joy, the Name is lacking, and our efforts feed the powers that feed from wasted holiness. However, when we perform a Mitzvah with joy, we complete God’s Holy Name and we are able to derive strength and sustenance from His Name to be able to continue to live and serve with great joy. (Tevuot Shor, Shabbat 30b)

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