Our sages wondered why the commandments regarding sacrifices in this week’s Torah portion begin with “Tzav – Command!”-- an unusual use of the word in Torah. Rashi explains that G-d, with this strong word, sought to encourage enthusiasm for sacrifices. “Ain lo elah lashon zeiruz,” wrote Rashi, “It is nothing less than the language of encouragement.”
G-d desires enthusiasm, a whole heart, for mitzvot – a whole heart for ancient sacrifices, a whole heart for Shabbat, a whole heart for the spirit and laws of Passover, a whole heart for deeds of lovingkindness.
Your next mitzvah is always a minute away. Approach it enthusiastically!
Shabbat Shalom and Chag Sameach!
Rabbi Jeffrey Weill