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Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz: “All mitzvot possess the same general content.”

The mitzva of tzitzit is the vessel through which a person draws the divine kingdom upon himself.

As the Zohar states, when a person wraps himself in the tallit, he should have the intent to accept Gods authority and place himself under God’s sovereignty.

Therefore, contemplation of the intent behind the mitzvot has two aspects. General contemplation before performing a mitzva does not relate to the essence of that particular mitzva, but to the act of perform-ing a mitzva in general.

A person should contemplate the One who commands us to perform mitzvot: God Himself.

Likewise, he should contemplate the nature of a mitzva, which is a conduit through which the human soul unites with God s infinite light.

There is also a specific contemplation, which relates to the intention of the particular mitzva.

The person performing the mitzva must be aware of what he is doing.

All mitzvot possess the same general content: They reveal the connection between the divine soul and God.

This connection is revealed in a particular and unique way within each individual mitzva.

Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz