The Lubavitcher Rebbe selected 12 pesukim (12 Torah passages) to be taught as the first Torah ideas and foundational concepts to Jewish children. They present a PROFOUND foundation and basis of Jewish thought – particularly appropriate to equip Jewish children of our modern generation.
Being I needed them for an event in synagogue this Shabbos and couldn’t find them on a single web page (many had them placed on 12 separate pages), I spent some time to gather them together and I’m sharing them here in Hebrew followed by a transliterated and then translated copy. The original web placement was sponsored by Beth Loubavitch of Paris in memory of Shlomo ben Yosef Mergui and Margalit bat Yehoshua Ben-Elisha.
If you want to know the foundational concepts of Judaism as understood by Chabad chassidus, here it is…
(Hebrew first, then transliterated and translated in English)
1. TORAH TZIVAH LANU MOSHE MORASHAH KEHILAT YAAKOV
The Torah that Moshe commanded us is the heritage of the congregation of Yaakov." (Deuteronomy 33:4)
2. SHEMA YISRAEL, A-DO-NAI ELO-HAY-NU, A-DO-NAI ECHAD.
"Hear O Israel, G-d is our L-rd, G-d is One." (Deuteronomy 6:4)
3. B'CHOL DOR VADOR CHAYAV ADAM LEEROT ET ATZMO K'EELU HU YATZA MEE-MITZRAYIM.
"In every generation one must look upon himself as if he personally had gone out of Egypt ." (Pesachim 116b)
4. KOL YISRAEL YESH LA-HEM CHELEK L'OLAM HA'BAH, SHE-NE-EMAR V'AMECH KULAM TZADIKIM, L'OLAM YIRSHU ARETZ, NETZER MATA-AIY MAEASAY YA-DAI L'HIT-PA-ER.
"All Israel have a share in the World To Come, as it is stated (Isaiah 60:21): 'And Your people are tzadikkim (righteous).' They shall inherit the land forever. They are the branch of My planting, the work of My hands, in which I take pride." (Sanhedrin 90a)
5. KEE KAROV AY-LECHA HADOVAR M'OD B'FEECHA U'VIL-VAVCHA LA-ASOTO.
"It is within your close reach to follow the Torah in speech, feeling and deed." (Deuteronomy. 30:14) (As explained in the Tanya)
6. V'HEENAY HASHEM NEETZAV ALAV U'MELO CHOL HA-ARETZ K'VODO U'MABIT ALAV U'VOCHAYN KLOYOT V'LAYV IM OVDO KA-RA-OY.
"G-d stands over him, and the whole earth is full of His glory, and He searches his mind and heart (to see) if he is serving Him as is fitting." (Tanya, Chapter 41)
7. B'RAYSHIT BARA ELO-KIM ET HA-SHAMAYIM V'ET HA-ARETZ.
"In the beginning G-d created the heavens and the earth." (Genesis 1:1)
8. V'SHEE-NAN-TOM L'VA-NECHA V'DEE-BAR-TA AOM, B'SHIV-TECHA B'VAY-TE-CHA U'VI-LECH-TECHA VA-DERECH U'VE-SHACH-BECHA UV-KU-MECHA.
"And you shall teach the Torah to your children, and you should speak about it when you are home and when you travel, before you lie down to sleep and when you wake up." (Deuteronomy. 6:7)
9. YA-GATEE V'LO MA-TZATEE AL TAAMEEN. LO YA-GATEE U'MA-TZATEE AL TAAMEEN. YA-GATEE U'MA-TZATEE TAAMEEN.
If someone says, "I have worked hard, and I have not been successful," don't believe him. If someone says, "I have not worked hard and I have been successful," don't believe him. If someone says, "I have worked hard, and I have been successful," believe him!!! (Megilla, 6b)
10. V'A-HAVTA L'RAY-ACHA KA-MO-CHA RA'BEE AKIVA OMER ZEH KLALGADOL BA-TORAH.
Rabbi Akiva says that, "To love your fellow as yourself," is a great basic principle of the Torah. (Leviticus 19:18, Midrash)
11. V'ZEH KOL HA-ADAM V'TACHLIT BREE-A-TO U'VREE-AT KOL HA-OLAMOT ELYONIM V'TACH-TONIM, LEEH-YOT LO DEERA ZO BA-TACH-TONIM.
"The purpose of the creation of every Jew and of all the worlds is to make a dwelling place for G-d in this world." (Tanya, Chapter 33)
12. YISMACH YIS-RA-EL B'OSAV, PAY-RUSH SHEKOL MEE SHE-HU MI-ZERA YIS-RA-EL YESH LO LISMO-ACH B'SIMCHAT HASHEM ASHER SAS V'SAMAY-ACH B'DEE-RA-TO BA-TACH-TONIM.
"The Jews should rejoice in their Maker. Every Jew should share in G-d's joy, Who rejoices and is happy in His dwelling place in this world." (Tanya, Chapter 33)