Nov 292017

While there are 613 mitzvot in the Torah, David and some of the prophets narrowed it down to a smaller list of the most basic mitzvot.   Why were these specific ones chosen, most of them people justice and righteousness and involving relations between people and not God?  The masechet ends with the famous story of Rabib Akiva laughing when seeing a fox running out of the kodesh kodashim after the destruction of the temple, while his friends were crying.   Why is this how the gemara chose to end masechet makkot?

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