Parashat Re'eh - Adding and Detracting
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כד אב התשפ14.08.2020
On the face of it, it appears that these are two separate commands: We are forbidden to do more than G-d commanded, and similarly warned against doing less.
The interdiction against subtracting from the Torah's commandments (mitzvot) is logical and easy to understand. Clearly, G-d's commands are perfect, containing no unnecessary details. Doing less than what we are commanded is not only insufficient, but also detracts from the parts that we do fulfill, leaving us with a worthless fraction of the commanded act.
But the ban on adding to the mitzvot is not as simple. If we fulfill a mitzvah properly, and then add even more, why should this be a problem? Why, actually, is it forbidden to add to the mitzvot?