Re: 613 Mitzvos

Eliezer Wenger (
Mon, 28 Jul 1997 23:18:01 -0400 (EDT)

I wish to add some side notes regarding the number of 613 for Mitzvos. We
find in Parshas Vayishlach, when Jacob sent messengers to his brother Esav
he told them to say in his name that "With Lavan GARTI (I lived)" and Rashi
comments that the word GARTI has the same letters and numerical value as
TARYAG (613), notifying Esav that he kept the 613 Mitzvos during his 20
year stay at Lavans.

We also find that the Ten Commandments which are in Parshas Yisro contains
620 letters. Our sages explain that each letter of these 620 letters
represent and alludes to one of the 613 Biblical Mitzvos and the 7
Rabbinical Mitzvos.

Eliezer Wenger