About the Book
The Book of Love is the second book in the “Mishne Torah” it deals with the daily mitzvahs of the deep connection between Jews and the creator of the world.
The book starts with the obligation to declare acknowledgment of God, his singularity and accepting his reign over us in Kri’at Shema.
It continues to describe the prayer and getting ready for it, especially the heart. The daily prayers and the Shabbos and Holiday prayers, onwards to public prayers which include the Torah readings and Birkat Kohanim.
The holy artifacts that surround us day to day, the Torah, Tefflin, Mezuzah and Tztzit remind us of the presence of God. The blessings that are connected to the physical life. and at the end to Mitzvat Brit Milah as a physical signature to the religious and national connection.
Maimonides adds the nusach of his siddur as an appendix.
Structure of the Book:
The Laws of Kri’at Shema:
The sections of Shema, which are a declaration of accepting the reign of god, are read twice every day, once in the morning and once in the evening.
The Laws of Prayer and the Priestly Blessing:
Prayer, which is reaching out tot God, is done at least three times a day, and part of the public prayer is the Priestly Blessing.
The Laws [Governing] Torah Scrolls, Tefillin, and Mezuzot:
In the next stage come the acts connecting man and god with symbols,clothes and any actions up to a bodily mark. Starting off with tefilin, which you are obligated to wear every day, and the mezuzah which is “everyones obligation always” and joining them are the laws of the torah and mezuzah scrolls that have many laws in common.
The Laws of Tzitzit:
Tzizit are more frequent than tefillin, you are obligated to wear them on Shabbos and Holidays, unlike tefillin.
The Laws of Blessings:
Blessings, at the head of them Birkat HaMazon, are more frequent than tzitzit since the obligation also exists at night, also their purpose is “to always remember God”.
The Laws of Circumcision:
There is one exception for blessings, you are not allowed to say a blessing in the bathroom or if you are undressed, and so Milah is the only symbol a man carries on his body at all times.
The Order of Prayeers:
An appendix to the book – the nusach for prayer for every day of the year.
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