Yirat HaShem- the fear of being separated from the Divine

Yirat HaShem, fear of being separated from the Divine, the first essential mitzvah

Rabbi Shimon Bar Yochai the author/compiler of the Zohar the central book of the Kabbalah, teaches that there are 14 root mitzvot or prescribed commandments, pieces of advice if you like, which enable us to come closer to the Divine. Of them all, the first and most basic one is Yirat HaShem, erroneously translated as fear of God. In fact it is the beginning of wisdom, knowledge and faith…

Listen here for full talk ( eleven minutes)

http://www.nehorapress.com/115470/Audio-Classes

 

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