"I place Hashem before me
always," King David would say.
We strive likewise to reach this ideal. One element we need to reach it is by
keeping six special mitzvos that the Torah requires of us every waking moment
of our lives.
1. To believe that there is one G-d in the world who created
all, who controls absolutely all that happens in the present, past and future,
and who took us out of Egypt and give us the Torah.
2. To refuse to believe in any other power or god besides
Hashem, and that even His own angels are powerless to do anything unless He so
3. To consider Hashem as one and only one, that He has no
partners, and to ascribe every element of creation to this unity. So the Torah
instructs us to declare twice each day, "Shema Yisrael, Hashem is our G-d,
Hashem is ONE."
4. To love Hashem with all our heart, life energy and
resources; accomplishing this by learning and meditating on the Torah and its
mitzvos, and refusing to equate any other source of pleasure to this love.
5. To display fear for Hashem by avoiding any sin that comes
6. To turn away from the inclinations of our eyes and heart;
"our eyes" hinting to lust for the sake of lust, not using sensual
pleasure to come closer to Hashem; "our hearts" indicating any form
of idolatry, ascribing influence and power to any other besides Hashem.